After waiting and praying for years, Pakistan has finally witnessed its first conviction of a crime related to child pornography scandal. A man belonging to Sargodha has been sentenced to seven years in prison and a fine of 1.2 million rupees, as a court in Lahore found him guilty of being linked to a global child pornography racket.
Sadat Amin, the convict, was handed the sentence by a special judge for cyber crime cases named Muhammad Aamir Raza Baitu. The case was registered against Sadat on April 11, 2017, by deputy director FIA, Khalid Anees and prosecuted by Advocate Munam Bashir of FIA Cyber Crime Circle Lahore.
As the investigation proceeded under Muhammad Asif Iqbal, Assistant Director Cyber Crime FIA, it was made evident that Sadat Amin was part of a child pornography racket spread across the United Kingdom, United States, Italy and Sweden.
The man had the possession of over 650,000 explicit videos and photographs that were seized from him.
Amin was a graduate from UET Taxila and according to the prosecutors, accepting luring children and filming them. He was arrested by FIA following a complaint from the Norwegian government.
Child pornography became an issue that needed urgent after Kasur child abuse scandal was abused, that victimized over 300 children.
An official from FIA said that we need to equip ourselves with modern technological instruments to detect what is going on the dark web. He added that digitalization has made individuals more vulnerable and exposed.
“To deal with this, the government must wake up to its duty and equip the cybercrime wings with required technologies and address other areas under the Act to deal with this challenge, and also make a required amendment to it (Prevention of Electronic Crimes Act, PECA)” – he said talking to DAWN News.
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