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pedophilia

n. an obsession with children as sex objects. Overt acts, including taking sexual explicit photographs, molesting children, and exposing one's genitalia to children are all crimes. The problem with these crimes is that pedophilia is also treated as a mental illness, and the pedophile is often released only to repeat the crimes or escalate the activity to the level of murder. (See: molestation, rape, pornography)

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Washington, June 27 (ANI): An investigation has revealed that Wikipedia has become a home base for a worldwide network of paedophiles.
In America, "Megan's Law" allows the publication of names, addresses and pictures of paedophiles in some states.
Paedophiles are suspected - a European ring, no less.
It found one in seven paedophiles, including priests, admitted choosing work which would give them easy access to children.
Yesterday Home Office sources said people in the community will not now be able to ask for details about local paedophiles.
Prof Wilson was speaking after John Reid, the Home Secretary, suggested he was preparing to bow to pressure and introduce a law giving the public the right to know where paedophiles were.
Many said the hotel - close to five city schools - was an unsuitable place to house paedophiles released early from jail on licence and that parents should have been told.
But we are abjectly failing to do this within the system as it now exists with paedophiles.
Efforts to stamp out internet child porn have involved giving banks powers to monitor the accounts of paedophiles, and internet service providers have promised to keep a close eye on the material downloaded.
West Midlands Police have devised an innovative computer software programme - believed to be the first of its kind in the country - to help them track down paedophiles who surf the Internet looking for indecent images of youngsters.
There should be a list of all convicted paedophiles for the safety of children and the peace of mind of parents.
20 JANUARY 2013: We reveal details of the guest-list at the notorious Elm Guest House in London, where high-profile paedophiles were rumoured to visit.