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U.N. rapporteur urges crackdown on impunity for child sex offenders

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Staff Writer

Japan must stamp out the impunity granted to people who sexually exploit children, including light sentences and the reluctance to prosecute, to overcome the nation’s “institutional” tolerance for such crimes, a U.N. expert said Monday in Tokyo.

“Investigations and prosecutions are hardly ever initiated without a complaint lodged by the child victim. . . . The few cases that are prosecuted often end up with convictions that are suspended or entail low penalties, such as fines,” Maud de Boer-Buquicchio, U.N. special rapporteur on child prostitution and pornography, said during a news conference at the Japan National Press Club.

De Boer-Buquicchio recently wrapped up an eight-day inspection of the situation surrounding sexual abuse in various parts of Japan, including Tokyo, Osaka and Okinawa.

The visit marked the first time the Dutch lawyer had conducted a comprehensive examination of sex crimes in Japan. She met with representatives from the government, law enforcement and the judiciary, as well as with nongovernmental organizations and victims themselves.

The impunity enjoyed by sex offenders in Japan is “relatively high” compared with other developed nations, and the entrenched hesitation by police to take action struck her as “exceptional,” De Boer-Buquicchio said.

This, coupled with the low penalties that signify Japan’s “social and institutional tolerance” for related offenses, leaves victims susceptible to repeated exploitation, she said.

In Japan, “abusers and offenders can walk under the sun, while victims have to live in the shadows,” she quoted one of the representatives she met during the visit as saying.

De Boer-Buquicchio said she welcomed the amendment to the child prostitution and pornography law last year that criminalized private ownership of child abuse material.

But she nonetheless suggested Japan can do more to tackle the situation, such as by outlawing online viewing of such material and banning manga with “extreme child pornographic content.”

Among the Japanese forms of child sex abuse investigated by the U.N. expert were the so-called JK (joshi kosei, or high school girl) industry, and chakuero, erotica that portray preteen schoolgirls in sexually provocative attire.

Aside from stiffening the penalties for sex offenders, Japan must implement a more “comprehensive strategy” to battle the root causes, such as poverty and gender inequality, De Boer-Buquicchio said.

To this end, she advised adopting measures such as increasing one-stop crisis centers, establishing complaint mechanisms for child victims and providing support for children with disabilities and young mothers.

Her findings and recommendations will be submitted to the Human Rights Council of the U.N. in March.

  • Hendrix

    Glad to see the UN are onto Japan for its disgusting attitude to child porn, which is considered perfectly normal, just go into a 711 pick up a comic book manga porn and see depictions of 15 yr old girls being raped…. sickening and hopefuly Japans free pass will be revoked

    • tisho

      Don’t hold your breath.They will just find a legal loophole to excuse themselves, and then blame Korea for their attitude toward child porn, and their constant manipulative excuses.

    • Jeff Mejia

      Japan: Love it or leave it!

      • Hendrix

        a completely idiotic statment if ever ive heard one….

      • Bruno

        Funny for a American like you and your kind who uses xhamster to fantazie of your wives being raped.

      • LogiForce

        Is it? Cause if it really is I say… let’s crack down on American’s and their sickening gun loving culture, cause how many shootings have we had by now?

        Both impact a culture negatively and thus in that respect it is the same thing, and thus guns should be banned in the United States of America.
        Plus you can always make an amendment to the constitution to make it possible. Besides, you can’t defend against a government with just simple gunnery anyway, they use drones and other remote controlled weaponary anyway.

        My point is just that the attitude of the UN and supporters should go both ways.

      • Hendrix

        Way off topic, we are talking about abuse images of kids and you prattle on about guns! … where is your head at man? , stop wasting peoples time on the comments section stay on topic..

      • LogiForce

        We’re talking about images indeed and not deeds, yet how many schoolkids have been massacred in America? I wonder which is worse… sarcastically said: where is my head indeed!

        Or do you think killing children is worse then scaring them for life, cause they only feel the killing blow momentarily.

        Seriously, drawn images in a cartoon manner are in my opinion far less critical than the literal act of hurting a child (and their family). No matter if this is via abuse or killing them.

        My point is that the UN has to get their priorities straight, for which it means I am on topic for my opinion is that drawn images are not hostile towards children. Nor is it proven factually by the way that removing imaginary images like this will cause a fall in child abuse numbers happening. Removing guns on the other hand is, for which most recent Australia would be a big example as crime rates involving shootings dropped dramatically there.

        So stop being an idiot yourself (get a head!) and get straight in your head which is worse.

      • Jesse Kim

        Off topic but just as important if not more important. Gun violence has as much to do with child abuse as does any inappropriate imagery. So don’t just brush off the guy’s argument because that is a legitimate issue.

    • Bruno

      “Glad to see the UN are onto Japan for its disgusting attitude to child porn”

      Those are Drawings You American Yankees are filthy.

    • Bruno

      “sickening and hopefuly Japans free pass will be revoked”

      Spoken like a True Right Winger NeoCon….

      • Hendrix

        silly statements get you nowhere…

      • Steve Smith

        funny you used that same line of reasoning for another member… so I will use “silly statements get you nowhere…” ;)

    • Fnights

      Someone who need medical assistance for thinking that a drawing is a human being.

      • Hendrix

        If you are not disturbed by imagery that depicts kids being abused then your one sick Mfkr… you need your head tested… let me guess, you havent got kids right? just young dumb and think you have all the answers.

      • Hendrix

        If you are not disturbed by imagery that depicts kids being abused then your one sick Mfkr… you need your head tested… let me guess, you havent got kids right? just young dumb and think you have all the answers.

    • taco

      You have no idea of what you are talking about 1) child porn is of real children 2) 16 year olds in japan can be married. 3) of my years of living there I’ve worked with a woman aged 25 that looked like she belonged in middle school.

      Japan has a superior education system and a superior protection system in regards to their children compared to americans. and you discus their attitude with child porn, you have delusions.

      • Hendrix

        Delusions? … you really need to take your medication, superior education system?… omg dont make me laugh, and you are disgusting if you are not offended by images of kids being raped… go back to your mental hospital..

      • http://jigsy1.blogspot.com/ Jigsy

        I find it amusing that a person who can’t tell the difference between a drawing and a real person has some kind of high ground about “mental states.”

    • Jesse Kim

      Then they should do something about the depictions of REAL 15 year old girls being sexually assaulted.

  • wind

    I hope the motivations for this are truly to help children everywhere instead of white liberal trash indulging in not-so-subtle Japan-bashing, when our own smug little countries with any given Problem X often turn out to be just as bad or far worse. Because the Dutch lawyer quoted in this article may also then wish to investigate her own backyard, where her country’s reputation as one the worst havens for manipulative creeps wasn’t helped by an age of consent of 12 for many years and the horrific damage on people’s lives persists.

    Thousands of Canadians contacted former professional hockey player and anti-child sexual abuse advocate Theo Fleury to add to his fury that Canada is indeed “Disneyland for Pedophiles”. You want non-existent sentences, cover-ups, institutional tolerance for creeps, etc., Canada has not only that but also a unique and intractable attitude problem of being a “near-perfect” society, which makes the truth about various issues and positive change all but impossible there. Google Peter Whitmore, Donald Mumford, Ernest Fenwick Macintosh and then the Ancaster Sisters Ruling (Hamilton), then let’s carry on the old pale-skinned lecture fest.

    We’re all in this together. Until we adopt a humble attitude about the same problems in our own backyard, and a desire to work together on such sensitive issues as equals, we should continue to be ignored as the holier-than-thou hypocrites that we appear to be.

    • Fnights

      How in the world banning manga and anime can really helping REAL humans being abused?
      Only someone stupid and really closed minded can think that there is a correlation about some ink drawing that barely rapresent a human being and a real human.
      Is just a scapegoat, something to blame to show people that they are doing something to protect you, when the reality is they don’t care and the reall issue isn’t never solved.
      Majority of people who speak about this matter know nothing about what they talking about, they read the word kid or child and they immediately think that these ignorant of the UN are right.

      • Steve Smith

        I agree with you banning something fictional won’t fix real problems and trying to get half of the people on this disscussion to show real evidence will only get you the easy “it’s wrong too them so it must go” gut reaction sadly.

  • George Miller

    anime and manga should be ban, my son chooses to have a fictional girlfriend than having a real one.

    • Clickonthewhatnow

      So anime and manga are to be blamed because your son has a poor grasp on reality?

      • George Miller

        Indeed we already consulted a psychologist for his problem and the psychologist said that my son is having a form of paraphilia called schediaphilia. The only way to get rid of that condition is to avoid anime or any form of art related medium, but my son can’t avoid it at all cost. As his only parent I can’t even supervise him because of work but if this law is implemented not only my son but millions of children in the world will benefit to it.

      • Clickonthewhatnow

        And hence, we should ban all forms of media everywhere because some children are not able to distinguish between reality and fantasy.

      • Steve Smith

        I’m sorry about your son but that’s just plain stupid to ban something because a couple people here and there can’t seperate fantasy and reality. That’s like me saying TV should be banned because one person seen a horror film and decided too butcher up someone therefore it will help many others if it was gone… Sorry but things don’t work that way.

    • Bruno

      Your an example of a American Failure. The Russians will take care of that problem for you………………

    • Fnights

      Aha haha, this post win. Thanks to make me laught in this sea of sadness hypocrites.

      • Hendrix

        troll

    • taco

      how about you stop trolling

    • taco

      how about you stop trolling

  • http://jigsy1.blogspot.com/ Jigsy

    I live in the UK, a country where this drawn artwork and illustrated literature are illegal.

    However, I will openly admit I break the law, because if a law is unjust it deserves to be broken.

    Now, I can masturbate to a drawing of a six-year-old anime character in a sexual situation and find the abuse and exploitation of children abhorrant in the same way I can kill people in a video game and find murder utterly reprehensible.

    What we are talking about is something that is esentially victimless. Although really, the fact it’s victimless doesn’t actually matter.

    Here’s an example.

    A guy taking a walk in the park witnesses a child being raped in front of him. He goes home and proceeds to draw the rape that was just commited. Should it be illegal to draw that? Should it be illegal to view it? Should it be illegal to be aroused by it?

    Now what if I change the wording slightly?

    A guy taking a walk in the park witnesses another person being brutally murdered in front of him. He goes home and proceeds to draw the murder that was just commited. Should it be illegal to draw that? Should it be illegal to view it? Should it be illegal to be interested by it?

    The West perpetually trots out this crap that it’s all in the name of “protecting children;” though what it really boils down to is that those in charge just hate the fact that people exist with an attraction that they can’t choose and that they can’t abolish.

    • AmIJustAPessimistOrWhat?

      Monkey see, monkey do.

    • Tabula Rasa

      The fact that some people don’t recoil at the very thought of pedophilia — however it’s depicted — is horrifying. “Those in charge” (in the west, anyway) don’t want to dance on that slippery slope. They also wouldn’t have the support of the public if scores of children weren’t/aren’t harmed. The other horrifying part of your comment is that you think it’s about you or controlling you. I choose to listen to what children want.

      • http://jigsy1.blogspot.com/ Jigsy

        Kindly explain how children are harmed by drawn artwork or illustrated literature.

        The gravure DVD stuff featuring “junior idols” is pure child exploitation and you’re going to get no argument from me about that, but I’m specifically talking about the former.

      • Tabula Rasa

        The answer is already implicit in my original comment. Drawings are a form of communication that can both reflect and reinforce reality and values e.g. cartoons were used as propaganda in WWII. In the same way, I don’t think the junior idols can be completely separated from cartoon porn because they both sexualize children and originated in the same country.

        Who’s to know when the line will be crossed by those with “an attraction” to children? Better safe than sorry.

      • Jeff Mejia

        Foreigners should stop imposing their prudery and prudishness on the Japanese!

      • Tabula Rasa

        There are stories published by the Japan Times about Japanese people living in Japan who are complaining about how women and children are viewed. If child porn was only outlawed in 2015, what does that say about the power structures that need to be overcome and the threat to Japanese for speaking out?

      • Tabula Rasa

        There are stories published by the Japan Times about Japanese people living in Japan who are complaining about how women and children are viewed. If child porn was only outlawed in 2015, what does that say about the power structures that need to be overcome and the threat to Japanese for speaking out?

      • Hendrix

        Yeah its all the fault of the dirty gaijin, of course japanese are so pure they would never show an interest in kiddie porn…

      • Steve Smith

        I find this argument funny since that they can just draw a small adult (like the teacher from “A Certain Magical Index”) and call them 18+ and presto they are no longer kiddies just small adults… my point being it’s fictional they don’t exist.

      • Fnights

        Speculatuions without any solid proof, like fps games in US that are blamed for mass murdering in schools.
        You just want to ban something you personally don’t like or find a scapegoat because your government can’t solve real life crimes, not something that really hurt someone.
        Hypocrites.

      • Tabula Rasa

        You’re off topic and you just contradicted yourself.

      • Hendrix

        of course he is off topic like a typical nationalist right wing idiot and there are legions of them in japan… they run the country actually.

      • Hendrix

        well that is a projection , the japanese are the biggest hypocrites i have ever met.. and they always find a scapegoat like the koreans or chinese get all the blame for everything…

      • Steve Smith

        I disagree with your assessment that drawings reflect reality -_-. For one I will admit that I like most if not all anime girls but in real life people I cringe at the idea of anyone underage, now that may sound odd but the fact for me is that the whole reason I can like such content in anime/ manga is the fact THEY DON’T EXIST!!! I can only say this as my view but I will say people that don’t mind anime/manga like I do probably don’t view real girls in the same way.

        Take games for example I play plenty of first person shooters I even played the controversial part in Call of Duty where I had to murder civilians in the airport but in no way do I want to just randomly go into a crowded place and shoot people. So the notion you use that “Who’s to know when the line will be crossed” is pure speculation and is just another way to dodge the fact you have no proof anime/manga affects real people.

        So why spend all this time on things that only exist in your mind when you and they should focus on the actual live people that REAL acts would affect. And before you try to argue with possible people it will help give me sources that point to the conclusion that non-existing characters has in large played a part in any rape and such crimes (and I don’t mean just show me 1-2 people).

        I won’t hold my breath for a actual response other than “your off topic”

      • Steve Smith

        I disagree with your assessment that drawings reflect reality -_-. For one I will admit that I like most if not all anime girls but in real life people I cringe at the idea of anyone underage, now that may sound odd but the fact for me is that the whole reason I can like such content in anime/ manga is the fact THEY DON’T EXIST!!! I can only say this as my view but I will say people that don’t mind anime/manga like I do probably don’t view real girls in the same way.

        Take games for example I play plenty of first person shooters I even played the controversial part in Call of Duty where I had to murder civilians in the airport but in no way do I want to just randomly go into a crowded place and shoot people. So the notion you use that “Who’s to know when the line will be crossed” is pure speculation and is just another way to dodge the fact you have no proof anime/manga affects real people.

        So why spend all this time on things that only exist in your mind when you and they should focus on the actual live people that REAL acts would affect. And before you try to argue with possible people it will help give me sources that point to the conclusion that non-existing characters has in large played a part in any rape and such crimes (and I don’t mean just show me 1-2 people).

        I won’t hold my breath for a actual response other than “your off topic”

      • Hendrix

        Looks like this thread is populated with apologists of kiddie porn… your statments are on the nail but its like we are shouting at a wall here… just shows how sickening japan is when it comes to tolerating this kind of imagery of kidde porn manga..

      • Tabula Rasa

        Since this is going to be my last comment on this story, I’ll direct it to the person who isn’t turned on by children. Unlike what the delusional commenters have said, I have some deadlines coming up because I DO work for victims of violence.

        A key concept in communications is the transmission and maintenance of culture through society’s institutions, like art. A culture’s values become so deeply embedded that people often don’t even notice how they practice those values. I was referencing this when I said that drawings reflect values and reality. By directly addressing all the claims that anime/manga/hentai can be compartmentalized because they’re fake, I wasn’t “off topic.”

        Along with the low employment rate for women, the high rate of human trafficking, a high masculinity score for the country, and the loophole definition of sex/prostitution, for example, the drawings paint a picture of the patriarchy/misogyny that’s specific to Japan…which is different from patriarchy/misogyny everywhere else. Other commenters on this site have also tried to say that the complete context needs to be considered, and that attitudes can become actions.

        There IS research linking attitudes to actions for other offences, but psychologists have told me that it’s hard to get funding to study these kinds of offenders. This kind of research is considered as doing something for the offender rather than protecting children. They also don’t want to study these offenders because it would make them a pariah in the academic community, and few offenders or potential offenders would admit to having these urges BEFORE they’ve offended so that prevention can be studied. These, plus the low reporting rates for sex crimes, are the reasons for the “lack of evidence.” Those arguing in favor of the kiddie porn drawings failed to say that this doesn’t prove their case either, or that FPS games can’t be compared to dirty kid drawings (for research purposes). A few of them also offered personal anecdotal evidence as “proof” and didn’t provide evidence to support their position, while insisting that I provide evidence that didn’t consist of a few outliers as “proof.” These were the same people accusing me of “hypocrisy.”

        As usual, I would instead reference the groups that are most directly involved in advocacy in Japan. They know the subject well and can’t be accused of racism or self-interest as there are probably unpleasant consequences for people who try to disrupt a profitable industry and people’s sex lives. Not that it would matter…others have posted official reports on this site about other issues which only provoked infantile tantrums and psychotic meltdowns.

        Nice to meet you and Happy Halloween, Hendrix.

      • Steve Smith

        You must be senseless then, because some urges child offenders already have and they look at similiar material doesn’t point to any consistant fact that the majority that look at that content are possibly going to commit the same abuses as they have again this is just speculating the possibility. The people it affect most are the people that already have a previous urge too something other than the topic of anime/manga/hentai and they just tried to use that medium.

        Now you go with the fact “I am a case worker” too site how close you are too the subject so I too can explain a bit about myself, I have had a couple bad experiences when I was 12, I can almost guarentee they had those urges before they did that too me so the chance of some fake fantasy like anime/manga would affect them too do it is ridiculous and still exactly the same point as the “violence in games” vs “anime/manga/hentai” your trying to pull, it would just affect those that already have had urges and think reality over fantasy in the first place and they just happened to look at the same medium as other people and in this case anime/manga/hentai.

        So in the end you make no real subjective reasons how it would help people other than there is still just a “possiblity” of a ban of such fictional work would affect real people, because you don’t like these fictional items -_- , I’m sorry that is just as you put it a “infantile tantrum”. Don’t like it don’t look at it…it’s like alchol and many other things, just because a idiot with urges uses or views them before they do something doesn’t mean most people would since most can distiguish fantasy over reality and if they are like me they like them because they are FICTIONAL.

      • http://jigsy1.blogspot.com/ Jigsy

        >Unlike what the delusional commenters have said […]

        We can tell the difference between fiction and reality, so pray tell, how does that make us “delusional?”

        Really, you just hate the fact that people exist with an attraction that they can’t choose and you can’t abolish.

      • Hendrix

        thanks, im working on the guitar riffs still…. and some very good pints you raised there, just glad to see someone with sense on this discussion board rather than the usual apologists… like you this is my last comment on this story, just too much ignorance to trawl through in this discussion… all the best

      • http://jigsy1.blogspot.com/ Jigsy

        Kindly explain how children are harmed by drawn artwork or illustrated literature.

        The gravure DVD stuff featuring “junior idols” is pure child exploitation and you’re going to get no argument from me about that, but I’m specifically talking about the former.

      • http://jigsy1.blogspot.com/ Jigsy

        Kindly explain how children are harmed by drawn artwork or illustrated literature.

        The gravure DVD stuff featuring “junior idols” is pure child exploitation and you’re going to get no argument from me about that, but I’m specifically talking about the former.

  • http://www.opencorebanking.com/ Luis Humberto Balam Gonzalez

    If you do not distinguish between a cartoon and reality, you need a psychologist.

    • Bruno

      The UN is a shame after they allowed the Saudis to Run the Human Rights council.

    • Jesse Kim

      This post sounds like the U.N. hates Japan.

  • Bruno

    Says the UN which their soldiers had raped Boys in South Africa, sure lets ban drawn porn…

    This move was led by yours truly Anita Sarkeesian and Zoe Quinn Two feminazis who are damaging the video gaming industry.

  • Fnights

    UN and americans in particular like to stick their nose into other
    countries affairs and tell them what to do, when US is the first country
    of REAL kids exploitation, abuse, and weapon makers.
    UN is a evil organizations fullfilled with hypocrites.

    Dan
    Kamenitsu is right, they understand nothing about anime and manga. Hope
    all the artist unite and fight back these ignorant people, that want an
    excuse to sanitize Japan based on their sick western morality (and
    maybe because of the 2020 Olympics).

    Keep your hand off from anime and manga!

    • Hendrix

      you are japanese i knew it…. full of projections and right wing nationalism … it written all over you ..

    • Hendrix

      freedom of speech? …you are sick..

  • Tabula Rasa

    I’d guess that it’s because anything with pictures is a richer medium than text and because the comics are more well known than the fan fic…which I didn’t know about. I’d have a problem with it if underage characters were having sex with older people and it was presented as being okay. There usually isn’t a difference in power if the sex is between underage peers, but it DOES creep me out that adults get off on it.

    For the record, my family’s Asian and have lived in both Asia and the west…we find kawaii and the attitudes towards women and children real scary.

    Oh, and thank you for your thoughtful and coherent comment.

  • Tabula Rasa

    I’d guess that it’s because anything with pictures is a richer medium than text and because the comics are more well known than the fan fic…which I didn’t know about. I’d have a problem with it if underage characters were having sex with older people and it was presented as being okay. There usually isn’t a difference in power if the sex is between underage peers, but it DOES creep me out that adults get off on it.

    For the record, my family’s Asian and have lived in both Asia and the west…we find kawaii and the attitudes towards women and children real scary.

    Oh, and thank you for your thoughtful and coherent comment.

  • taco

    The american Media does not speak for the americans, nor do ‘surveys’ within the americas actually have any grasp of what the people want, only what those that control the media want.

  • Jesse Kim

    The difference between anime/manga and real life is that the former is FICTION. The U.N. should do more about the deep web where the content there makes anime look PG. if they’re so determined to make a difference. If it’s to help abused children then I’m all ears, but this sounds like they have a vendetta against Japan.

    • Steve Smith

      No they just are thinking with the line of thought that most people that look at Fictional anime girls that are stated as being underage are possible imminent sex abusers. I find this a ridiculous notion since most people have figured out fantasy is just fantasy. So they punish the majority over the bad bunch that may show up.

      • Jesse Kim

        Lol that’s what they get for trying to take down something with a huge fan base.

      • Steve Smith

        And Jess Kim it wasn’t thrown out in the United States because of the huge fan base but based on the fact that the PROTECT Act was supposed to help real children avoid abuse but the fact they wanted fictional work (ie Thought crime or possible Thought crime) to be illegal went over the freedom of speech, because the characters it depicts weren’t real and therefore they didn’t affect real children.

      • http://jigsy1.blogspot.com/ Jigsy

        The thing is, though. Even if someone had photos and recorded footage of children engaged in sexual situations, there’s no evidence to suggest that they’re going to go off and molest children. (Not that I agree with their choice of masturbational material.)

        And as I stated earlier in this discussion, until someone reported my comment and it got deleted because I have a conflicting viewpoint, I live in the UK, a country where loli is illegal, and I still view it. (If a law is unjust it deserves to broken.)

        But the thing is, it’s been illegal since 2009. So, why am I still looking at it? Photos and recorded footage of children in sexual situations is also a crime; I’d be breaking the law either way, so how come I haven’t “migrated” onto it?

      • Steve Smith

        Well I would agree if what your reffering to as footage of children you mean hentai or something like that where it’s drawn fictional characters then yes there is no real positive evidence to that they will turn to real life predators (if your reffering to real videos I won’t go there).

        The only reason they can link anything usually from fictional work is that they arrest child predators with actual child videos and mixed in the stuff is fictional lolicon so they think that the fantasy side made them want to do the actual crime but me I think they already preffered real children over the fictional work but just happened to have lolicon before they did anything illegal and that’s where they get their “possible” evidence based on again maybe a couple bad apples in the whole of law abidding people.

      • http://jigsy1.blogspot.com/ Jigsy

        The thing is, though. Even if someone had photos and recorded footage of children engaged in sexual situations, there’s no evidence to suggest that they’re going to go off and molest children. (Not that I agree with their choice of masturbational material.)

        And as I stated earlier in this discussion, until someone reported my comment and it got deleted because I have a conflicting viewpoint, I live in the UK, a country where loli is illegal, and I still view it. (If a law is unjust it deserves to broken.)

        But the thing is, it’s been illegal since 2009. So, why am I still looking at it? Photos and recorded footage of children in sexual situations is also a crime; I’d be breaking the law either way, so how come I haven’t “migrated” onto it?

  • partysensei

    Most here know that is fantasy and what is real. Please try to be more mature UN and fight the real problems