We are experiencing a lot of change regarding CSAM and its definition. A lot of political movement going on within the EU to criminalize “Pedophilia” itself. I can’t find the quote again, but countries are talking about “fighting Pedophilia” instead of CSA.
“They have become even more lifelike, with a body temperature and the like. Then, we become concerned that it can have a negative effect. That sexualisation is so hard to overlook that, purely from a moral standpoint, we have to say no now,” psychologist Kuno Sørensen explained.
Notice the keyword “moral standpoint”. He admits that there is no real evidence outlined by the “can have a negative effect”. It’s currently a trend I have noticed within the EU, to limit everyones freedom on mere assumptions and morals.
“These are real dolls that look like little kids. They wear children’s clothes, they have light in their eyes and say ‘no, no, daddy’; they are made to look like young children for people to fulfil their desire to have sex with them."
Does this apply to every doll? I think this seems to be a very expensive and rare type of doll he picked out to strengthen his argument. This statement was then followed by a false claim that lolicon drawings are also already illegal in Denmark. It’s not due to a study done by Denmark, but coming from the partys legal spokesperson I can only assume that a ban on Lolicon is on its way. Completely negating the own study they have done.
What about the other countries?
Germany for an example drastically increased their penalty on real CSAM, but without providing additional funding and personell to fight these crimes, or any other increase in preventive measures. Every single legal expert did speak out against this increase in penalty since it will be of no real use and would criminalize young adults and not allow for light offenses (18 y/o kissing a 14 y/o = one year in jail thus ruining his life). Accessing CSAM is now punished twice as much as physically abusing a child and as equal as life endangerment. This was criticised by experts, but ignored.
Finland is pretty much one of the only countries that changes nothing and also the only country in the EU where Lolicon is 100% legal. However, there are currently concernes regarding Freedom of Speech since Päivi Räsänen (politician) was facing 6 years in prison for tweeting bible verses. I feel that Finland will have to give in after other nordic countries will also start to criminalize Lolicon (Denmark?).
Definition of CSAM is broadened to include fictional characters and objects (dolls) throughout the EU. We see an increase in protection for “non-persons” without any regards to actual preventive measures for real people.
Freedom of Speech, Freedom of Expression and the Right of Privacy are all currently being abandoned within the EU.
I will have to pull Germany up again. Over there politicians are currently working on an AVS (Age-Verification-System) that will be implemented on the OS level. Microsoft and probably major Linux distributions will be forced to implement an AVS that will filter out every single site that has no proper AVS of their own (confirm age through ID). This will pretty much cause germany to have their national intranet of sorts.
So what’s to come?
Seeing how a good portion of EU citizens actually support these changes I honestly think that they will all be implemented (excluding the AVS from germany since it seems too ambitious). Lolicon and other sexual outlets such as dolls will continue to be made illegal in the remaining EU countries. Some countries are also working on “Anti-Hate-Speech” laws. Which will indefinetly effect Freedom of Speech.