Source: Swedish library has child porn

Jan. 21, 2009 at 9:24 PM
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STOCKHOLM, Sweden, Jan. 21 (UPI) -- Sweden's national library has large quantities of child pornography in its collection, a source says.

The Local reported Wednesday that a former pornographic bookstore employee has revealed that the library's archives contain pornographic magazines featuring young children.

Valentin Bart, who in the 1970s spent a year working in a pornographic book store near Stockholm's central train station, said a shelf at the store displayed magazines featuring child pornography, which was legal in Sweden at the time.

In a recent visit to the National Library, he said he was surprised to learn that magazines featuring boys he estimated were as young as 10 or 11 years old were being held by Sweden's national library, called Kungliga Biblioteket.

"It was so easy to gain access," he said of his visit to the library. "All I did was sign up to check out books and send a letter explaining my reasons for wanting to view the material. Anyone could have done the same thing."

The Local said the library's collection of pornography stems in part from the library's legal obligation to collect everything printed in Sweden or in Swedish.

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