A good discussion topic for ethics.
Drawings and computer-generated images of child sex abuse would be made illegal under proposals announced by Justice Minister Maria Eagle.
Owners of such images would face up to three years in prison under the plans.
The Obscene Publications Act makes it illegal to sell or distribute photos of child abuse but it is legal to own drawings and computer-generated images.
Ms Eagle said the proposed move would “help close a loophole that we believe paedophiles are using”.
The plans are part of the government’s response to a public consultation exercise carried out last year.
The government has acknowledged that paedophiles may be circumventing the law by using computer technology to manipulate real photographs or videos of abuse into drawings or cartoons.