Paedophile group 'Martijn' to be investigated

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The Dutch Public Prosecutor’s Office has launched an investigation into the activities of a paedophile association named Martijn

A spokesperson for the Prosecutor’s Office, Ernst Pols, said the authorities want to know all about the group and its members. Martijn campaigns for the "acceptance of paedophilia" and what it terms "adult-child love relationships". It's also calling for the abolition of the age of sexual consent.

"We need to take action now," Mr Pols said. It is not clear how much time the Public Prosecutor’s Office will need for its preliminary investigation, which could turn into a criminal one if it finds evidence of criminal activities. The investigation was launched after members of Martijn expressed support for the suspects in the Amsterdam child sex abuse scandal.

The Martijn association reportedly advertised on a website run by the chief suspects in the Amsterdam abuse scandal, Robert Mikelsons and his male spouse. The website, now closed, featured photos of children in sexual poses. It also included links to sites containing explicit child pornography.

Robert Mikelsons, originally from Latvia, is alleged to have sexually abused dozens of young children in his care at a number of Amsterdam day care centres.

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