US top court rules child porn victims can get compensation

April 24, 2014 - 6:38:32 am

WASHINGTON: The US Supreme Court ruled yesterday that victims of child pornography should be able to receive financial compensation from one or more recipients of their paedophile photographs.

But in a five to four decision, the court was divided over what portion of the damages should be borne by a single recipient.

In January, the court heard the case of “Amy,” whose uncle sexually abused her from the time she was eight years old and posted pornographic pictures of her on the Internet that were downloaded 3,200 times.

Two of the pictures were found in the possession of Doyle Paroline, who the victim is suing for $3.4m, an amount corresponding to the total cost of psychotherapy and loss of income resulting from the sexual abuse.

A US appeals court in the southern United States found in her favour, but Paroline took the case to the top court. 

AFP

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