JOHANNESBURG – Childline South Africa says the conviction of an Ekurhuleni man charged with distributing child pornography is a step in the right direction towards achieving justice.
On Monday, Warren Troy Knoop was handed 32 life sentences and 170 years in prison for crimes including raping a minor.
Knoop had pleaded guilty to all charges and admitted to molesting one of his victims when she was just a year old.
The children’s group says it’s pleased to see that child abuse is getting the attention it deserves.
Dumisile Nala, Childline’s national director, says, “What we see through the media is that child pornography is a big thing and it’s beyond the borders. It doesn’t only happen in our country. It is online and circulates everywhere.”
She says it’s unfortunate that cases still go unreported despite awareness campaigns.
Nala hopes this case will open the channel for conversation around the child porn trade in Africa.