General Article Legal status of child pornography by country

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The map shows legal status of child pornography. Child pornography refers to images or films (also known as child abuse images) and in some cases writings depicting sexually explicit activities involving a child; as such, child pornography is a record of child sexual abuse. Abuse of the child occurs during the sexual acts which are recorded in the production of child pornography, and the effects of the abuse on the child (and continuing into maturity) are compounded by the wide distribution and lasting availability of photographs of the abuse.

The laws of each country were assessed based on five criteria:

1. Are there existing laws criminalising child pornography?1

2. Does existing law include a legal definiti

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