SEOUL, June 9 (Korea Bizwire) — The Supreme Prosecutors Office (SPO) has ordered front-line prosecutors to demand prison sentences in principle for those possessing sexual exploitation content, as part of efforts to eradicate digital sex crimes as well as to prevent the spread of such content.
Officials stressed that to eradicate digital sex crimes, it’s necessary to punish not only the crime of producing and distributing sexual exploitation content but also the crime of possessing and watching such content.
Front-line prosecutors were also ordered to strictly observe the investigation and enforcement procedure revised back in February last year.
When criminal trials open, prosecutors will be required to demand prison sentences in principle for those possessing such content, and clearly explain the rationale behind such a demand.
Prosecutors will also be required to order such criminals to take sexual violence treatment programs or classes to prevent repeated crimes.
The SPO also intends to appeal to a higher court if lower courts rule outside of the sentencing guidelines.
To protect victims of digital sex crimes, the SPO’s cyber crime investigation unit will support the deletion and blockage of such content in collaboration with the Victim Support Center, and will provide a comprehensive range of support, including psychological treatment and consultation for the victims.
J. S. Shin (firstname.lastname@example.org)