UK gets tough on chat room child abusers
By our crusading crime writer
Miranda S Givings
|It's game over for the shameless criminal cyber-puppies who prey on vulnerable pensioners
A cold wind of change is blowing through the kiddie chat rooms of the Internet. In a surprise move this morning, UK Home Secretary, Charles 'fat boy' Clarke, took time off from fondling the final new designs for compulsory ID cards, to announce a new amendment to the Sexual Offences Act which will make it a crime for children under sixteen to chat to adults on the Net.
If convicted, offenders face up to ten years community service, or the withdrawal of their pocket money for life. The offence is targeted at the gangs of terrorist tots, some as young as eleven or twelve, who contact adults on the internet and extort money from them by accusing them of 'kiddie fiddling'. According to a report by the charity Help the Aged, child abuse of adults on the Internet has soared by roughly 1,592,738.37 per cent since 1995.
"The act can't come soon enough for me," said Mr Harold Gussett (91). The frail pensioner from Penge has been repeatedly targeted by the teenie cyber-criminals. "The little monsters robbed me blind. First they took my pension money and then my savings. Child abuse has ruined my life."
Another victim of this scandalous scourge was too terrified to give his name, but told us: "I was only looking for tips on how to enlarge my marrows with a vacuum pump when I received an instant message from someone called 'surfergurl69'. I was so shocked I dropped my pinking shears and fell out of my zimmer frame! She said that if I didn't send fifty pounds to her paypal account she would tell the Police I'd been fiddling with her. Is this what I fought two world wars for?"
Other concerned adults we spoke to expressed their relief at the introduction
of the new law.
Does the new law worry these abominable abusers? Not a bit of it.
Veteran blackmailer, 'Rachel' (not her real name) told us: "I always
login from a different cyber-cafe every time and change my Hotmail account
every couple of days. My mum thinks I'm doing community service for
da Beavers. Well — in a way I am!"
Rachel went on to show us several snaps that any self-respecting kiddie-fiddler
would have killed for. Clearly, this enterprising entrepreneur knows
a business opportunity when she sees it. We asked her how much money
she'd made from her sleazy scam.
We asked 'Carly' (not her real name either), another self-confessed
child abuser (or 'kiddie stitcher' as they prefer to call themselves)
why they do it.
We put this tricky point to a spokesperson from the Crown Prosecution
With such entrenched resistance to the very idea of child abuse it is no wonder that thousands of calculating cyber-criminals have been getting away with murder on the Internet. We hope this new act will nip this nefarious rug-rat racket in the bud before another pensioner falls victim to these sick extortionists.
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