According to an article published on May 9, 2007 on BBCNews.com, the German police are investigating Second Life, following the complaint that some of its members could be trading in images of child abuse in the virtual world
The news came to light in a German television news report, which revealed the group that ran the business and the members who paid for sex with virtual children. The investigation was conducted by Nick Schader of the Report Mainz news program, who is also a member of Second Life.
Schader was offered to attend a meeting in the virtual world where real and virtual child pornography was shown in exchange for money. Members of this Second Life group also offered him the opportunity to connect him with child pornography dealers in the real world.
The information gathered during the investigation was passed on to the prosecutor's office in Halle and the police are now trying to identify the Second Life members involved in the case.
Peter Vogt, Halle's prosecutor, told a German communication agency that he was convinced that they would soon catch the user who offered pornography in the virtual world. In Germany, possession of “virtual” child pornography is punishable by up to 3 years in prison.
For its part, Linden Lab, the creator of Second Life, has already stated that it will help identify users and provide all the necessary information to the authorities.
Source: BBC Technology
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