News Burst: Lords challenge to government's Net laws

Lords' debate corners government on activities of paedophiles online

Tory peer Baroness Blatch challenged the Home Office Tuesday on its stance that the Indecency with Children Act of 1960, is adequate to deal with paedophiles operating on the Internet.

Baroness Blatch believes the 40-year old law needs updating to tackle the activities of paedophiles online. She has proposed the introduction of a clause that states: "Any person who knowingly employs, uses, persuades, induces, entices or coerces a child to engage in an act of gross indecency with or towards any child...is guilty of an offence."

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