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UN expert calls for greater care and assistance for victims of child pornography

BMJ 2009; 339 doi: (Published 23 September 2009) Cite this as: BMJ 2009;339:b3887
  1. John Zarocostas
  1. 1Geneva

    Governments must ensure that minors who have been subject to sexual abuse by child pornographers and who have had their images disseminated on websites are provided with integrated care that sees them through to recovery, says a UN independent expert.

    More than four million websites feature sexually exploited children, and the number is growing, said Najat M’jid Maalla, the United Nations’ special rapporteur on the sale of children, child prostitution, and child pornography.

    She told a session of the UN Human Rights Council that professionals needed training to spot child victims of sexual predators more effectively. Resources and expertise need to be allocated to help victims and their families.

    Dr Maalla, a paediatrician who has been involved …

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