Legislators in Jamaica have approved a bill that makes possession, production and distribution of child pornography a specific crime.

Those found guilty could face up to 20 years in prison and nearly $6,000 in fines.

Suspects previously linked to child pornography would be prosecuted under charges such as carnal abuse.

Prime Minister Bruce Golding said in a statement released Wednesday that the government will aggressively pursue those who profit from child pornography.

Jamaica also created its first sex-offender registry earlier this year and strengthened laws dealing with other sexual offenses.