“PORN IS AT A SKY HIGH”: SAYS HON. MADURO-CAINES

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More pornographic videos featuring young females have surfaced and actions are being mulled to deal with this sensitive issue. Response to the situation includes a call from Sixth District Representative Hon. Alvera Maduro-Caines for the establishment of a support group or a forum to assist young women who have fallen victims to videotaping and to bring attention and awareness to this scandalous issue, which the legislator said is worrying.

Both Hon. Maduro-Caines and Premier Hon. Andrew Fahie spoke on the matter during a press conference that was held at the Village Cay conference room on 20 January. During their comments both legislators lamented the proliferation of videos featuring young girls in lewd sexual acts that have been circulating via social media. In stressing the situation both members of the House of Assembly stated that something should be done to discourage the practice.

Hon. Maduro-Caines was the first to mention the videos. She announced that she has received calls on the matter and is seeking assistance in addressing the problem. “I have called upon some women …to form a help group for the young ladies because the pornography is at a sky high.”

“I received some tapes, some videos the other day and I was really appalled by the boldness of our young ladies to think that this is good; and they are performing these acts with men, older men. The boldness frightens me. I have been called by a few ladies to get some kind of group together or set up some kind of forum. It is nothing legislation probably can fix but if it is proven that these men are a lot older than these young ladies then legislation can fix it, but it is rampant. It has gone sky high,” Hon. Maduro-Caines told the media.

On the other hand Premier Fahie said that he is aware of the situation and would like to ensure that something is done to prevent that these videos do not adversely affect the future of the young persons involved. “These videos are starting to circulate again with our young people and some men who have this thing as a joke because you don’t see their face they only film the young ladies. Some of them were saying they didn’t know they weren’t supposed to be doing it, but they didn’t know and their life is shot forever. This is where legislation comes in.”

The Premier said that it appears that the young persons’ reputation are being permanently scared for acts that have been going on for generations. “I was telling a group of people here someday the difference between this generation versus generations of the past… Some of them [young person]just went and experiment, before you know it …a video comes out with the one time mistake but then it’s held for life.”

Hon. Fahie said that the actions displayed in the leaked videos should not mean the permanent tarnishing of a young person’s life and he said that legislations will be put in place to combat the situation of video leaks. “We condemn the young people forever as if those before didn’t make mistakes as if none of us make mistakes and we want to keep it on the record…When people [are]young – sad to say – we all make mistakes and if we as a government don’t find a way to tell those even in higher authority than us to make laws to make sure that we don’t condemn them forever then what we saying we are perfect…That is why some people don’t ever approve my style of premiership.”

One of the planned way to thwart video leaks is the increasing of penalties for such video leaks once apprehended. The penalties are stipulated in the Computer Misuse and Cybercrime (Amendment) Act 2019 that was debated in the House of Assembly on 1 August. During that debate the legislators stated that this was a necessary tool to put a stop to disparaging Whatsapp memes and leaked sexual videos.

In outlining the Objects and Reasons of the legislation Hon. Fahie said consideration for the protection of minors was chief. “The Bill today seeks to strengthen our protection from individuals and entities who can be vulnerable to attacks from persons who abuse their access to computer systems,” the Premier said.

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