Target: President of Pakistan Mamnoon Hussain
Goal: Applaud Pakistan’s Senate for making child sexual abuse, child porn, and sex trafficking illegal.
Pakistan’s Senate passed a bill that makes child pornography, child sex trafficking, and sexual assault against minors illegal recently. This amendment also states that anyone sent to prison for this offense can be punished by up to seven years in prison. Previously, only rape was a crime. Child pornography is also punishable by seven years in prison as well as a monetary fine. The bill will go into effect after the president of Pakistan ratifies the amendment.
The bill was brought up after a massive pedophilia scandal which revealed that hundreds of pornographic videos of children were being created and circulated in the village of Hussain Khanwala. There were 20 arrests made, but only the acts of rape and sodomy were punishable by law.
The new amendment also makes child trafficking a criminal offense, when before it was only punished if the child was removed from the country. Exposure to seduction was also added to the amendment as it may lead to acts of rape or child pornography. Sign the petition below to applaud and support the Pakistan government for making sexual assault against children illegal.
Dear President Hussain,
In the village of Hussain Khanwala, kids were being intimidated into doing child pornography. They were forced to perform different sexual acts with guns to their heads or after being drugged. Kids as young as five years old were featured in these videos. Three 15-year-old boys were abused for several years.
There was one 18-year-old boy that had been abused since he was 10. He was forced to steal cash and jewellery from his family after being blackmailed by his attackers, and then they would drug him and force him to watch the videos they had made of him when he woke up.
Those were events that were sadly common in that village before the scandal was uncovered. None of them could really go to the police because they felt or knew that the police wouldn’t do anything. They were beaten and told that they would be killed if they spoke, and many thought of suicide during this time. I would like to take this moment to applaud the Pakistan government for putting an end to these horrific acts of sexual abuse against minors.
[Your Name Here]
Photo Credit: Mohsin Raza