The world is changing around us. In today's age children can be criminals after becoming the victim of pedophiles as one 12-year-old girl in the UK found out. The girl was pressured by a pedophile to send him pictures of herself topless, after doing so child exploitation officers have warned the young girl that she could end up with a criminal record. When her mother found out she was being groomed by a pedophile online she contacted police. The pedophile who pressured the young girl into sending the nude photos has not been found by police.
The pedophile is said to have used an anonymous Instagram account to constantly harass the girl for nude pictures. The 12-year-old girl had tried to refuse the initial attempts but was pressured even more before finally caving and sending a topless photo from her iPad. She later ended the conversation when demands became more obscene. The Child Exploitation and Online Protection (CEOP) Center was contacted but they only advised the mother to contact police. The police officers took the girls iPad for examination and interviewed the girl who lives in the south of England. The girl's mother was later contacted by a CEOP officer and warned that her daughter could face criminal charges for sending the image since sending explicit images of a child is illegal, even for the girl who was cohered into taking them.
Her mother told The Sunday Mirror, "I couldn’t believe it. How can the victim end up with a criminal record? She’s a young, innocent girl who has made a big, big mistake." The mother went on to say, "She’s the victim. She was coerced into sending it. There’s a pedophile out there yet they’re talking about criminalizing a little girl. She’s scared, upset, worrying about what is going to happen and I’m questioning if I did the right thing in reporting it."
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