Submissions open on Crimes (Child Exploitation Offences) Amendment Bill

December 03, 2021 at 3:20 PM

From the NZFVC 

The Justice Committee is calling for submissions on a bill to protect children from online exploitation. 

The Crimes (Child Exploitation Offences) Amendment Bill is a member's bill from Labour MP Ginny Andersen that was pulled from the Parliamentary ballot in August 2021. The purpose of the bill is to protect children at risk of harm from online exploitation committed by people 18 years and older. 

The closing date for submissions is 10 December 2021. 

The bill would amend the Crimes Act 1961 to make it an offence for a person over 18 to use online communications to falsely represent their age or identity with the intention to meet with someone under 16. The bill would also make it an offence for someone over 18 to use online communications to plan to cause harm to a person under 16. 

The bill also proposes to increase the maximum penalty for a person convicted of sexual grooming of a young person from 7 to 10 years’ imprisonment. 

Category: Submissions