Sydney, March 5 : A YouTube video of a British mother being gang-raped in her home has caused outrage in the UK and prompted calls for tougher internet laws.
The 25-year-old mother went to police last month after learning that a video of her three-minute suffering had been viewed 600 times on the popular video-sharing website.
The video was only removed from the site at the request of an alarmed user.
According to the mother, three teenage boys raped her and then urinated on her after spiking her drink last November.
In the video, the woman appears unconscious as she is repeatedly raped, while her two children can be heard crying in the background.
"I was raped on film and you could hear my [two-year-old] daughter and four-year-old son crying," News.com.au quoted the mother, as saying.
"Putting it on the Internet was an abomination... I cannot understand how any website could show such a thing," she added.
A YouTube Australia spokesperson said that site's rules prohibited content such as pornography and gratuitous violence from being uploaded.
"Anyone in the world who sees content that they think is inappropriate can flag it and our staff then review it," the spokesperson said.
"If the content breaks our terms, then we remove it. If the police ask us for information in accordance with legal process, we will cooperate," the spokesperson added.
The spokesperson further explained that YouTube had also been used by police to solve and prevent crimes.
"YouTube is a community site used by millions of people in very positive ways. Sadly, as with any form of communication, there is a tiny minority of people who try to break the rules," the spokesperson said.