Thursday, January 21, 2010

Torture of children: Letter to governments and members of parliament

Morkhoven: letter to governments and members of parliament


Morkhoven, April 11th 1999

Excellenties, Honorable members of parliament and government

Re.: The disappearance, sexual molestation and torture of children

Hereby enclosed, you will find a few photographs, of which the horrible images speak for themselves.
These are only a few of thousands of photos we found on the internet after the scandal of childpornography in Zandvoort (NL).
On the internet, you can find tens of thousands of children being tortured and/ or sexually molested, while the public authorities don't take enough action to trace and punish the organisers and executioners of these horrendous crimes.
As a result of this, the greater part of these criminals get non-restricted opportunities to continue their degrading and destructive work.
The numerous victims, however, are scarred for life, or are forced to function in a prostitution network from a very early age.
Some victims don't survive the years of mental and physical abuse.
It is remarkable that the persons and/or groups who fight against the sexual exploitation and torture of children, don't receive the necessary support from their government. In 1997, for example, magistrats of the court of justice in Dendermonde (where there was a investigation about the so-called Belgian Temse-network) used other people's criminal records in order to be able to convict Marcel Vervloesem, investigator of Werkgroep Morkhoven.
In doing this, this court of justice wanted to bring all actions and investigations by Werkgroep Morkhoven concerning international childpornography networks, to an end.

We do not wish to abandon our believe in- and hope for a better world for the children as mentioned above.
Therefore, may we request of you any measures necessary to put an end to the childpornography trade, of which these pictures testify, on the internet, as well as outside it ?

Looking forward to your reply, I remain,


Jan Boeykens
Verlatstraat 13
2000 Antwerpen
chairman Werkgroep Morkhoven

PS. Werkgroep Morkhoven has informed the Belgian minister of Justice by letter that the discovered childpornography material - if asked - will be handled over to the Belgian authorities for further investigation.