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Filipino Bill Moves to Ban Japanese 'Hentai' Cartoons

posted on 2009-04-15 04:14 EDT

The Congress of the Philippines' Joint House Committees on Justice and Welfare of Children approved a bill on Monday to ban the possession of what the bill authors describe as "Japanese pornographic cartoon that depicts children in explicit sexual activity." The bill's authors labeled such material as "hentai," although the Japanese usage of the term encompasses far more than animated child pornography. The bill still needs to pass both houses of the Congress and be approved by the President before it becomes law.

According to co-author Rep. Monica Prieto-Teodoro (1st District, Tarlac), the bill would penalize people "who sell, offer, advertise, and promote child pornography; and have been found to possess, download, purchase, reproduce, or make available child pornography materials with the intent of selling or distributing them." The bill applies to both real and simulated depictions of children in explicit sexual activities, or "any representation of the sexual parts of a child primarily for sexual purposes." The penalities for possession will be 6 to 12 years of imprisonment and a fine of not more than P500,000 (about US$10,000).

Source: Manila Standard Today via AnimeVice


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