HOME-MADE PORN VIDEOS: PREDATORS TO BE IDENTIFIED IN DUE COURSE

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It was disclosed that some of the leaked pornographic videos involving young girls that were circulated on social media involved married men and Premier and Minister for Finance Hon. Andrew Fahie said that Government is going to facilitate measures aimed at tracing the origin of the leaked videos. 

In a statement made in the House of Assembly on 25 February the Premier mentioned the matter of the leaked videos and announced that it is a big cause for concern. “I am, of course, referring to the situation where certain males, mostly older males within our society are engaging these females in sexual activities, recording explicit videos of these activities and then circulating the videos on social media platforms such as WhatsApp,” the Premier stated. 

Hon. Fahie explained that often the females in these videos are unaware that they are being filmed and the man’s identity hidden and protected. “Often, the persons who are doing the recording would capture the female’s face and details of her body so that she can be identified by persons who view the videos. On many occasions it can be discerned that the males involved are not minors. In a few instances the men appear to even be married, based on details such as the presence of a wedding ring on their finger,” Hon. Fahie declared. 

The Premier called for sympathy for women who have fallen prey to this machinations and urged the community not to judge. “In the instance where someone has fallen victim, we, as a society, must not shun them and break them down further. We must help to minimize the damage and support them in their healing.” 

Considering that some of the girls might be under the legal age and in instances the man in the video was seen wearing a wedding ring and appeared older the Premier alluded to the rape factor of the matter. “In the first instance, I want to remind the general population that minors legally cannot consent to sexual activity. Therefore, in some of those cases, where an adult is involved, a criminal offence would have been committed. I have full confidence in the Commissioner of Police and the Royal Virgin Islands Police Force that where possible prosecutions will be initiated. There are instances where this has happened already.” 

With the Cybercrime Act now on the books Hon. Fahie said that the Royal Virgin Islands Police Force will be able to bring charges against some found guilty of these activities.  
“Manufacture, possession and circulation of explicit materials involving minors also falls under the laws regarding Child Pornography, and, likewise, I am confident that the Royal Virgin Islands Police Force and our courts will enforce these laws to the fullest extent.” 

Noting that the predators will be caught Hon. Fahie told the House of Assembly: “In short order your Government will be strengthening the requisite officials ability to assist investigators in tracing these videos so that the persons who are behind them and whose identities remain concealed while they destroy lives, will be uncovered, and so that they can be prosecuted. This will help to protect our impressionable youths, our women and our young girls from the negative effects of this phenomenon. It is only when the predators know that there are real consequences, that they cannot hide, and that they cannot get away with their wrongdoing that they will think twice before they prey on you and on others like you.”

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