Child porn accused should be protectors, says FPB

21 August 2013 - 17:48 By Sapa

People who ought to be protectors are allegedly perpetrating crimes against children, the Film and Publications Board (FPB) said on Wednesday.

"Looking at the profile of those arrested, it affirms that these crimes attract even the most trusted within society," said FPB acting CEO Jonas Phoshoko in a statement.

He was reacting to the arrest of six men allegedly linked to an international child-pornography ring.

Police spokesman Lt-Gen Solomon Makgale said they were arrested last Thursday in four provinces.

Among them were two teachers, a retired school principal, a lawyer, a dermatologist, and a businessman.

All six appeared in various South African courts on different days and the last case was heard on Monday, said Makgale.

"...These are people who ought to be protectors and not [alleged] perpetrators," said Phoshoko.

He commended the police on the arrests.

"...We trust... those found in transgression of the Film and Publications Act by being in possession, creating or distributing child pornography will be severely punished if found guilty."

Phoshoko urged parents to be vigilant and guard their children against potential abusers, both physically and on the Internet.

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