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Important changes as of July 1, 2014 to protect children from sexual exploitation and abuse!
 
The most important changes affect the Pornography Article 197 StGB:

  • In the area of ​​child pornography, children and adolescents up to the age of 18 are now protected from involvement in sexual representations.
  • The consumption of illegal pornography is now also a criminal offense.
  • Pornography with human waste is no longer a criminal offense.


Article 197 Paragraph 1 StGB for the protection of minors
Anyone who offers, shows, leaves, makes accessible or disseminates pornographic writings, sound or image recordings, images, other objects of this type or pornographic presentations to a person under the age of 16, or distributes them via radio or television, will be punished with imprisonment of up to three years or a fine.

Illegal pornography Art. 197 Para. 4 StGB
Anyone who manufactures, imports, stores, puts into circulation, advertises, exhibits, offers, shows or leaves objects or demonstrations within the meaning of paragraph 1 that contain sexual acts with animals or acts of violence among adults or non-actual sexual acts with minors , makes accessible, acquires, procures or owns by electronic means or in any other way, is punishable by imprisonment of up to three years or a fine. If the objects or demonstrations contain actual sexual acts with minors, the penalty is imprisonment of up to five years or a fine.

Illegal pornography Art. 197 Para. 5 StGB
Anyone who consumes or manufactures, imports, stores or acquires objects or demonstrations within the meaning of paragraph 1 that contain sexual acts with animals or acts of violence among adults or non-actual sexual acts with minors, using electronic means or otherwise as procured or possessed is punishable by imprisonment for up to one year or a fine. If the objects or demonstrations contain actual sexual acts with minors, the penalty is imprisonment for up to three years or a fine.

Confiscation of objects Art. 197 Para. 6 StGB
In the case of criminal offenses under paragraphs 4 and 5, the objects will be confiscated.

Reservation Art. 197 Para. 8 StGB
Minors over the age of 16 will not be punished if they mutually produce, own or consume objects or demonstrations within the meaning of paragraph 1.