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Readers are warned that these articles contain graphic descriptions - Child Porn: Underground, online and in your street

Post by pi-girl on Wed Jul 27, 2011 12:37 pm

This is an Irish article, but includes the US as well. I have selected different paragraphs from the article to share here. The link is posted at the end. (I have bolded some points in blue - totally unbelievable!)

Readers are warned that these articles contain graphic descriptions - Child Porn: Underground, online and in your street
The rise of the internet has sparked a massive increase in the trading of child pornography by Irish people. The figures are staggering, the images truly shocking, reports Ali Bracken, Crime Correspondent.

THIS WEEKEND in towns across the length and breadth of the country, men are sitting in the comfort of their homes downloading and swapping images of children being raped. Some of the children are still infants. Others are older and the pain and realisation of what's happening to them is visible on their young faces. In one of the most graphic photographs ever detected, an attempt is made to orally rape a newborn baby still attached to its mother by the umbilical cord.

Some men (and possibly women too) are sitting alone in darkened rooms as they download these images across Ireland. Others may be gazing out the window at children playing on the street.

"The depth of this problem we have in Ireland is beyond shocking," says Dr Niall Muldoon, national clinical director of CARI (Children at Risk in Ireland). "This has to be a wake-up call. The people who are doing this are living in communities all over the country. They are our neighbours, people we all know."


Under the heading, 'The Situation is Far Worse':

A disturbing consequence of like-minded people forging online communities and sharing child porn rather than buying it anonymously from websites ensures that people with similar urges to abuse children begin to communicate regularly.

Soon, they begin to swap tips on how to gain access to and groom children. And not long after that, people who initially had only a vague interest in the world of paedophilia are beginning to make plans about how they can get photos of children to share with their new friends.

Avid collectors of child pornography consider themselves serious hobbyists. It is a way of normalising the crimes they are actively participating in. It is a sad fact that "collections" of child abuse images exist. And people will go to extraordinary lengths to assemble an entire set.

"It's like any hobby – similar to people who collect stamps or train spotters. There is a collection of child porn images called the 'Helen' series. They are stills taken from a video of a young girl being raped, over a dozen. To collect every picture in that series for someone actively involved in child porn is very sought after. That would be a prized thing," explains John Carr.

"The children in these images are given names. There is another series involving pictures of a boy being abused at different ages over the course of his life. Again, having a complete set of images of this boy being abused at different ages would be very sought after. It's almost unbelievable. But believe me, this is happening."


'It's a troubling thought'

In the US, there have been countless examples of several male members of the same family all being active participants in downloading child porn. In one case, police detected three generations of men in the one family living under the same roof who were all involved.

"In one case, a grandfather, his son and the grandson were all involved," says Steve Racioppo. "It's a troubling thought how something like that could develop."

In the vast majority of instances of women being detected engaging in this crime, they are being coerced to do so by the bullying influence of a man in their lives, according to John Carr.

The number of detections by TLO of people in Ireland downloading and trading in child porn is not disproportionate.

"From all the countries we provide data to, we would describe Ireland as in the zone of average. We would not classify Ireland as a cesspool of activity but Ireland is clearly not unaffected by this crime either," says Steve Racioppo. "In a four-week period in the US, one million computers are involved in this activity. People in Ireland and all over the world need to stand up and address this problem. For the safety of our kids."


Read full article:
http://www.tribune.ie/article/2010/jun/27/readers-are-warned-that-these-articles-contain-gra/


{The U.S. Dept of Justice estimates that one-third of the world’s pedophiles involved in organized child rape rings live in the USA. (per http://twitter.com/#!/BraveKidsVoices ) }

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