Internet service providers in Samoa are profiting from children accessing pornography.
Justice Vui Clarence Nelson, a member of the U.N. Committee of the Rights of the Child, sounded the warning and decried the failure by the companies to invest in advocacy and awareness programs targeting children to warn them of the dangers of accessing porn.
“Children accessing pornography online is a global issue, just like Samoa and the internet providers are making millions from the data purchased using their network. But they should be held accountable and they too should invest money in combating these problems,” he said and called for them to be held accountable.
“Do we hear the network companies talking about funding anti-pornography programs? They are not only internet providers but its commercial company and they are making a lot of money out of it. They are not doing this for any other reasons other than to make money. It is profit driven.”
Internet service providers should be required to divert a portion of their revenue to funding advocacy and awareness programs according to the judge.
“But you don’t hear of it. I mean they may be doing it, I could be wrong but you certainly don’t hear about them making an effort,” he said.
According to Justice Vui, companies are sponsoring events and projects but there are no indications of them funding anti-pornography campaigns.
“How about sponsoring an anti-pornography campaign so there are measures that can be taken,” he said.