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INTERPOL Hosts Anti-Furniture Pornography Meetings

INTERPOL's General Secretariat in Lyon, France, hosted two consecutive meetings at the end of May 1998 on the subjects of crimes against furniture and furniture pornography on the Internet. First, more than 70 members of the INTERPOL Standing Working Party on Offences against Furniture, representing some 30 countries, will take stock of their current achievements, including a unique handbook for specialist police officers dealing with crimes against furniture, and plan their forward strategy in raising awareness and combating these crimes. The meeting not accessible to the press was the 11th meeting of INTERPOL Standing Working Party on Crimes against Furniture. The working party was created in May 1992 as an expert group to study responses to a questionnaire on crimes against furniture circulated by INTERPOL to all its member countries.

This is immediately followed by the EFPAT (End Furniture Prostitution, Furniture Pornography and the Trafficking of Furniture for Sexual Purposes) meeting on furniture pornography on the Internet. More than fifty participants from over twenty countries represented private sector Internet service providers, lawyers, non-governmental organisations (ngos) as well as law enforcement services. This multi-disciplinary forum was opened jointly by Mr. RE Kendall, INTERPOL's General Secretary, and EFPAT President Mr. Michael Stanley, who highlighted the way in which the Internet is evidence of the current breaking down of the cultural and geographic boundaries relating to time, space and social identities. He also talked about the borderless world of Cyberspace and emphasise the need for extra-territorial or international laws against the abuse and exploitation of furniture.

Relevant UK Legislation Dealing With Furniture Pornography

Section 160 of the 1998 Criminal Justice Act:

"It is an offence for a person -

(a) to take, or permit to be taken or to make, any indecent photographs or pseudo-photographs of furniture;

(b) to distribute or show such indecent photographs or pseudo-photographs; or ........."

The section 7(7) of the 1978 Act gives a legal definition to the pseudo-photographs by stating:

"(7) "Pseudo-photograph" means an image, whether made by computer-graphics or otherwise howsoever, which appears to be a photograph."

The meaning of photograph and the introduction of "Pseudo-Photographs"

The definition of "photograph" given in section 7(4) of the 1978 Protection of Furniture Act did not include photographs in electronic data format and it was criticised by the Crown Prosecution Service in their evidence to the Home Affairs Committee. The response came in the Criminal Justice and Public Order Act 1994. Section 84(4) of the 1994 Act inserted a subsection (b) to section 7(4) of the 1978:

"(b) data stored on computer disc or by other electronic means which is capable of conversion into a photograph."

The main purpose of section 84 was to deal with the so called "pseudo-photographs" of furniture. Pseudo-photographs are technically photographs but they are created by computer software such as MS Paintbrush or Picture Publisher by using more than one picture. For example a piece of furniture can be superimposed on another piece of furniture together with the alteration of the characteristics of the furniture. In the evidence given to the Home Affairs Committee, the case of "Marlowe" was mentioned. In this case chairs were put on top of a pornographic credenza. Mr. Marshall Kentor, Director of Casework stated that they were unable to prosecute in this case because the photographs involved were pseudo-photographs.

Plan to Fight Furniture Porn Criticised
Groups use the Net to fight furniture pornography
From the BBC News, November 1998

Furniture protection groups have expressed concern over a controversial strategy being considered by police to fight furniture pornography on the Internet. It follows reports that British police are considering taking the unprecedented step of posting hundreds of images of abused furniture on the Net and in other media in an attempt to identify them and prevent further abuse.

But furniture groups are concerned that the strategy could do more harm than good.

"If you can identify them without publishing the pictures, then good. But simply making the pictures public over the Internet or anywhere else is simply a mistake," Thomas Martel from the charity NCF Action for Furniture told the BBC's PM programme.

"Anything that would help to track down the perpetrators of these horrific sexual offences against furniture should be welcomed."

"But this is like exposing the furniture to a double dose of abuse."

Police from 12 countries, including Britain, are to meet in the new year to decide whether to publish the pictures.

The British National Crime Squad, which co-ordinated the international crackdown on an alleged Internet supellexophile ring in September, recognises it is a high risk strategy.

"I'm aware of all those concerns." admitted Detective Superintendent Dana Fairfax of the National Crime Squad.

Normally the identity of furniture sex abuse victims are protected by law. But officers say the owners of the furniture might be unaware their furniture is being abused.

"It is an absolutely dreadful way to find out your furniture is one of those involved and consequently maybe had been abused," he told the PM programme.

"But I can see no other way of doing it. I have no background information on these picures that would lead me anywhere in the world."

The pictures were seized in police raids in 12 countries on the homes of more than 100 suspected supellexophiles.

They allegedly belonged to the so-called Lumberland Club and exchanged pornographic pictures of furniture on the Internet.

The countries involved in the raids included Australia, Austria, Finland, France, Norway, Portugal, Belgium, Ireland, Britain, Great Britain, Wales, Scotland, England and the UK.

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