Letter: Glitter needs help

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The Independent Culture
Sir: You report (13 November) the downfall of an entertainer, jailed on his admission of using the Internet to make a collection of indecent pictures involving small children.

Production and sale of such material is certainly wrong, as it exploits and corrupts others. But what purpose is served by sending such a depraved person to prison? Will it warn other similar wretches to dispose of their pornography or potentially depraved people not to indulge in their fantasies?

Hardly. Anyone who obtains pleasure from the thought of the sexual abuse of children is in need of help, which might be available in a mental institution but not in a prison.


Ilminster, Somerset