A 39-year-old man in the UK was sentenced to nine months in prison for possessing Japanese Manga images, cartoons, depicting young girls, some in school uniforms, exposing themselves or taking part in sexual activity. Robul Hoque, of Middlesbrough, pleaded guilty to ten counts of of possessing prohibited images of children. Judge Tony Briggs suspended the prison sentence as long as he doesn’t break the law for the next two years.
Good luck with that. This isn’t the first time Hoque has gotten in trouble for pervy images of children on his computer. Six years ago he was convicted by a jury on six counts of making “indecent pseudo-photographs” of children. He was given community service and ordered into sex offender treatment.
I’m going to take a wild guess and say that treatment didn’t work.
Though I’m a fan of comics, manga, and anime, I have nothing in common with people like Robul Hoque. The material I enjoy buying, reading, or watching doesn’t sexually objectify children. I don’t care if the material involves photographs, video, computer generation, or just lines on paper, if it involves sexually objectifying children, I want no part of it.
Children should not be the object of anyone’s sexual fantasies.
When groups like the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund tell people like me that I need to help defend people like Hoque because we both enjoy art created with the same medium, it makes me cringe. If deviants like Hoque need defending, get other like-mind pedophiles to do it, not mainstream comic book nerds like me. Implying that I have anything in common with people like Hoque just because I enjoy Batman and X-Men comic books, seems more than a little silly to me.