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Submission to the Call for Evidence on Pornography Regulation, Legislation and Enforcement

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The Victims' Commissioner's submission to the Independent Pornography Review, overseen by Baroness Gabby Bertin.

The Victims’ Commissioner submitted her response to the call for evidence on 21 March 2024.

The Independent Pornography Review involves a comprehensive assessment of the legislation, regulation and enforcement of online and offline pornographic content, and is being overseen by Independent Lead Reviewer Baroness Gabby Bertin.

The review aims to take an evidence-based approach to develop a range of recommendations on how to best to achieve the review’s objectives:

  • understand the prevalence and harmful impact of illegal pornography online, and the impact on viewers of other forms of legal pornography, including emerging themes like AI-generated pornography, and the impact on viewer’s attitudes to violence against women and girls;
  • assess the public’s awareness and understanding of existing regulation and legislation of pornography;
  • consider the current rules in place to regulate the pornography industry, comparing online and offline laws;
  • determine if law enforcers and the justice system are responding to illegal pornography sufficiently, and if change is needed;
  • find out how prevalent human trafficking and exploitation is in the industry, before recommending how to identify and tackle this;
  • use this knowledge to set out what more can be done to provide those who need it with guidance on the potential harmful impact of pornography.

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