Extreme pornography: is your collection illegal?
Commentary, November 22nd, 2017
I wrote this piece a couple of years ago, then it languished in my archive. With the recent furore around British politician Damian Green, I thought it was time for it to appear.
The prosecution of Edward (Sen) Luo for the possession of “extreme pornography” concerned me more than a little. Initially the press bounced over the topic like a rash, covering the “depraved” nature of the videos he had collected as journalist expressed concern about the asian girls who were tortured. Undoubtably some of what he had was illegal (it involved animals) but the part that got me quite concerned was this comment …
Some of the more than 800 “disgusting” videos “showed women strapped to machines and tortured with electrodes, pins being pushed into their breasts or hot wax poured into their body.
This concerns me because I have films which feature similar themes, obtained from UK, EU and US producers, as well as some Japanese ones. Indeed a quick flick through Kink.com’s current offerings shows an abundance of material featuring such themes.
A little digging into the detail of the case leads me to the 2008 Criminal Justice Act – and quite how I missed this one I don’t know. Aside from the reasonable inclusion of bestiality and necrophilia, the act declares extreme pornography can include depictions produced for the purposes of sexual arousal of:
an act which results (or is likely to result) in serious injury to a person’s anus, breasts or genitals
As usual in the UK a conviction will come down to whether the jury find BDSM disgusting or the personal preferences of a magistrate.
Meanwhile have some fun reading the CPS guidance on prosecuting such cases