University Professor Ignites Controversy Over Report to Legalize CP

HONOLULU — A retired University of Hawaii professor is sparking controversy over his study that supports legalizing child pornography, claiming it would reduce child sexual abuse and child prostitution.

Milton Diamond, who retired in 2009, published “Pornography and Sex Crimes in the Czech Republic,” where he studied the legalization of adult pornography and concluded that when adult porn was legalized, sex crimes did not increase. He also claims that when child porn was made legal, sex crimes against children decreased.

Therefore, he believes that children would benefit if child porn was legalized.

This idea has angered and outraged child advocacy groups.

“His recommendation to legalize child pornography is also in direct conflict with just about every child advocacy and protection agency in the world including ASACP,” ASACP CEO Joan Irvine told XBIZ.

“I can’t believe that anyone no less an educated person would make such a recommendation. He obviously has not seen the damage done to these victims. Plus as seem usual, he incorrectly equates studies done on adult entertainment (which is between consenting adults) with the sexual abuse of children."

Diamond and his research team said that while they "do not approve of the use of real children in the production or distribution of child pornography" they suggest that "artificially produced materials might serve” such as regression software.

“There is no proof to his premise that if pedophiles were provided with age-regressed pictures that it would satisfy their needs,” Irvine said.

“It’s not worth the potential risk to children. One must remember that 59 percent of CP victims are under the age of 11.”

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