Directive on Child Pornography (Dutch Penal Code,Section 240b) (2010A025)
SUMMARY The present Directive comprises rules concerning the detection and prosecution of suspects in cases of child pornography. In addition, the Directive gives criteria for establishing whether criminal child pornographic material is involved. The present Directive differs from its predecessor in several respects:
The legislation on how to tackle child pornography has been amended several times in recent years with regard to sentencing and has been expanded as the result of new legislation concerning the criminalization of grooming.
Child pornographic images are primarily spread via the internet. For this reason, the Directive pays a great deal of attention to dealing with material seized.
The present Directive no longer draws a distinction between prepubescent, pubescent or postpubescent child pornography. Instead, the Directive dwells extensively on various criteria for establishing whether the material found is criminal material as referred to in Section 240b of the Dutch Penal Code.