Isabella’s Law to be introduced in attempt to crack down on online child abuse
The UK is set to introduce a new law named after a six-year-old girl who was raped and murdered by an online predator.
The law, which will be known as “Isabella’s Law”, will make it a criminal offence to groom a child online with the intention of sexually abusing them.
It will also make it an offence to possess or distribute indecent images of children, even if they are notcategory A – the most serious kind.
The law is being introduced in response to the case of Isabella Clennell, who was abducted, raped and murdered by convicted sex offender John Denham in 2012.
Denham had been chatting to Clennell online for months before he lured her to his home, where he raped and killed her.
Isabella’s Law is being introduced in an attempt to crack down on online child abuse and make the internet a safer place for children.
The new law will make it a criminal offence to:
– groom a child online with the intention of sexually abusing them;
– possess or distribute indecent images of children;
– operate a website or online service which is designed to sexually exploit children.
The maximum sentence for each of these offences will be life in prison.
The law is being introduced following a review of online child abuse by the UK’s biggest internet service providers (ISPs).
The review found that there are millions of images of child abuse circulating online, and that many of these images are being shared by paedophiles using encrypted messaging services.
Isabella’s Law is designed to crack down on this kind of activity and make the internet a safer place for children.
The law will come into effect in the UK on the 1st of January 2021.