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Anti-porn drive launched in Sri Lanka

By Samyuktha

London, Nov 06 (ANI): A court in Sri Lanka has allowed police to publish photographs of local porn actors in the media in an effort to break up a porn ring.

The authorities hope the move will help them to restrict the ever-increasing flow of Internet porn.

"We have downloaded the photographs of actors who have become infamous by acting in porn movies," the BBC quoted police spokesman Prishantha Jayakody, as saying.

"We will identify these people and stop them. Their activities are illegal," said Jayakody.

Police say they are looking for about 80 porn actors who all face imprisonment.

"We have photographs of them from a particular web site. As yet, we don't know their age or other details," he said.

Police said that catching the offenders would make it easier for them to arrest others involved in the making and distribution of pornography.

"We will be releasing the photos of the actors as soon as possible. We are doing our best to stop the spread of cyber porn and all other forms of porn. We are determined to put a stop this," said Jayakody.

However, critics said the action of the police will not work because many of the women who act in porn films either do so unwittingly or under duress - and to reveal their identities would mean they are doubly victimised.

They said that such a drive is worthless when large amounts of porn will still be widely available on DVDs. (ANI)

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