Probe on Lankans acting in porn films

Internet content filtering no easy task, says TRC boss

The Police Women and Children’s Bureau has launched a fresh investigation into Sri Lankans who have been featured in pornographic films and play a role in promoting Sri Lankan porn. A senior Bureau officer told the Sunday Times that the Bureau has gathered information on Sri Lankan youths who have been promoting pornography in the country.

The Bureau is currently ascertaining further details and is in the process of maintaining a profile of those who have been identified in promoting and participating in the making of pornographic films.
It has now been revealed to the detectives of the Police Women and Children’s Bureau probing the 107 porn sites, that there have been Sri Lankan actors, celebrities and certain public figures who had participated in the porn films.

The Bureau intends to question those who have acted and played a part in the films and take steps to crackdown on those who are filming porn in Sri Lanka, the officer said. This move comes in the light of the Battaramula Juvenile Court on Wednesday directing the Telecommunications Regulatory Commission (TRC) to filter 107 phonographic internet sites featuring Sri Lankans and which are accessible through mobile phones.

Wednesday’s judgment followed a report filed by the Women and Children’s Bureau which had been carrying out extensive investigations into porn sites that are accessible by minors. On Friday the Telecommunications Regulatory Commission had issued notice to all internet providers to ban the 107 porn sites that had been referred to by the Bureau.

In the meantime the detectives from the Women and Children’s Bureau are trying to push the TRC to ban all internet porn websites in a bid to deter Sri Lankans participating in porn and to completely halt the promotion of porn through various websites.

The Sunday Times learns that despite recommendations by the Bureau to internet providers to use content filtering and block all porn sites, internet providers have been reluctant to do so as they have argued that by filtering sites the internet connection they provide would become slow.

TRC Director General Anusha Pelpita told the Sunday Times that despite using internet filtering, internet subscribers can yet watch porn though proxy websites. “There is no use in us spending millions of rupees on internet filtering software and equipment when people can have easy access to whatever site they want by accessing proxy websites. Since we are trying to discourage children from accessing such websites, this is something parents should take note of,” he said.

“It is also not easy to filter all sites since there are thousands of porn sites on the internet. It is a great challenge to track down every single site to block them. We have already notified all internet providers to block the 107 porn sites as directed by the Juvenile Court,” he said.

The next court hearing will be taken up on September 9.

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