He spends his days playing videogames at home: “No one will hire me,” he says.
Had they committed a crime, then it would have been easy to dismantle the organization, says Schutgens.
He also clarifies that the group cannot be held responsible for individual criminal acts of its members.
(The similarity of the names Marthijn and Martijn is a coincidence.)The group has been fighting a legal battle with the country’s Public Prosecution Service which has been seeking its dismantling since 2010.
Last year a court ruled that Martijn be banned on charges that it glorified sexual relations between adults and children.
In recent years large-scale pedophilia cases have caused much debate in the Netherlands regarding the way the justice system should deal with pedophiles.
In 2010, a man in Amsterdam was arrested for abusing at least 87 children while working as a nanny.It was handled very differently than what I’d seen in the Netherlands.PHOTOS: A Brief History of Sex on TV A couple of pieces are important.But the appeals court in the northern town of Leeuwarden has now overturned that decision, claiming that although the work of the organization is contradictory to public order, there is no evidence leading to “a threat of disrupting society.” Uittenbogaard, 40, sees this as a victory for freedom of expression. “A child can see a lot of violence on television, on every cartoon there’s violence, on movies people get killed,” he explains, “But when Janet Jackson’s breast is shown at the Super Bowl people say: ‘Oh children are watching this.’ Nakedness and everything concerning sexuality is a taboo and violence is the norm.And I think that should be the other way around.” He further believes “almost everyone has pedophile feelings in them.Uittenbogaard stresses that Martijn doesn’t promote or incite acts of pedophilia.