Tuesday, September 21, 2010


ASUNCION (AFP) - The director of the largest prison in Paraguay has been suspended after child pornography believed to have been shot there was found on a computer in the jail. Authorities broke up a child pornography ring that made sexually explicit films inside the national penitentiary with youths who passed as relatives of inmates, prosecutors said. Prosecutor Teresa Martinez said two inmates and a third person who was on parole were implicated in the ring. “In two cellbocks there were sets where explicit sex was filmed. There were machines and connections to download them to the Internet. They had film and digital cameras,” Martinez said. “The actors came and went as relatives of the inmates,” she said. She said there was no way prison officials were not aware of what was going on, and said they were under investigation. “What is scandalous is that this was done inside the penitentiary. They brought the victims into the prison. They abused them and filmed it,” she said.

The investigation was launched after two underaged girls and a third who was 19 years old said they were contacted by prison inmates through Facebook and their homes located through Google Earth, the prosecutor said. “They threatened to kill their mother, rape a sister, hurt their families after first making contact with them through Facebook and later finding their homes through Google Earth,” Martinez said. Prison director Julio Acevedo said underage girls were not allowed to visit prisoners without adult supervision. He said computer systems used in the prison were set to block all but educational information, but he acknowledged that inmates could have penetrated the system’s security codes.

Prosecutors say a room featured in the videos was inside the prison. They believe underage girls in the videos were befriended by convicts over the internet and then blackmailed into visiting them in jail, where they were abused and filmed. Pornography is an addiction. The will to transcend one's addiction must involve a willingness to acknowledges one's weakness and then seek help from the Supreme Lord.

From the vantage point of the metaphysical considerations of the Gita, enjoyment of pornography is seen as the excessive influence of rajas and tamas in which one is deluded about the nature of the field and its knower. The social and moral implication of the influences of rajas and tamas are described in chapters 16, 17, and 18. Excessive influence of these two ultimately cause suffering. Knowing this, one can understand that pornography involves considerable violence - violence to oneself and others. ... How would you feel if one of the teen porn girls was your daughter, sister, or niece? They are all someone’s daughter, sister, or niece. How do you think their parents feel, seeing their children involved in the pornography industry? Knowledge of the fact that you are instrumental in perpetuating their involvement in this should help you realize just how ugly you become when you implicate yourself in pornography, whether it is on the Internet or elsewhere. It is a violent activity with violent results.

Śrīla Bhakti Vedanta Tripurari Mahārāja :
“Kuruksetra War: Myth, History, or Lila?”
“Q & A with Swami B. V. Tripurari”
Śrī Caitanya Sanga - Vol. III, N° 3 – January 23, 2001.

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