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Child pornography is inseparable from child sexual abuse.
With the rise of ever cheaper technologies, the production, multiplication and redistribution of child pornography has become very much easier and with less risk.
Increasingly the Internet is being used as a way to exchange child pornography. Digitalized images don't loose quality through copying.

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Police fear child porn
epidemic in Australia

Child pornography is running at epidemic proportions in Australia with the abusive material being used as currency by pedophiles to buy their way into online groups.
Australian Federal Police (AFP) have told Fairfax that where once there might have been hundreds of images on a suspect's computer, there are now hundreds of thousands, sometimes millions, of images of young children being molested.
The AFP's cybercrime unit head, Assistant Commissioner Neil Gaughan, said that although there might have been no increase in the number of adults sexually assaulting children, the attacks are being recorded and uploaded onto the internet.
"There's no empirical evidence of an increase in child abuse, but we're seeing an increase in the number of violent images that clearly have not been commercially made," Mr Gaughan told Fairfax.
There was was a 30 per cent jump - from 136 to 180 - in the number of Australians arrested by federal police for child pornography offences last year compared with 2010.

www.heraldsun.com.au (8-2-2012)

‘Anonymous’ Forces 40+
Child Pornography Sites Offline

Anonymous has turned its attentions from corporations to pedophiles with the news that the hacktivist group has taken down multiple child pornography sites, including one of the largest known, with account details of its 1589 users being posted online as evidence.
The incident was just part of something Anonymous is calling “Operation Darknet,” a move by the group to eliminate child pornography on the Tor network. Tor, which was originally developed as a way of protecting government communications by the U.S. Navy, now describes itself as “a network of virtual tunnels that allows people and groups to improve their privacy and security on the Internet.”
But the privacy and anonymity it offers has been abused by child pornographers, something that Anonymous aims to correct with its new campaign.
In its statement about the takedown, Anonymous says that the group “identified [hosting service] Freedom Hosting as the host of the largest collection of child pornography on the internet,” adding “By taking down Freedom Hosting, we are eliminating 40+ child pornography websites, among these is Lolita City, one of the largest child pornography websites to date containing more than 100GB of child pornography. We will continue to not only crash Freedom Hosting’s server, but any other server we find to contain, promote, or support child pornography.”
The group’s statement ends with the following demands:
“Remove all child pornography content from your servers. Refuse to provide hosting services to any website dealing with child pornography. This statement is not just aimed at Freedom Hosting, but everyone on the internet. It does not matter who you are, if we find you to be hosting, promoting, or supporting child pornography, you will become a target.”

techland.time.com (24-11-2011)
Graeme McMillanOct

Google to Fight Child Porn on YouTube

GOOGLE is enlisting the same image-recognition technology the company uses to trace copyright violations on its YouTube video site to fight online child pornography, the company has announced.
Google said it is working the US National Center for Missing & Exploited Children (NCMEC) to help automate and streamline how child protection workers troll through millions of pornographic images to identify victims of abuse.
The project is applying so-called video fingerprinting technology, which Google has been urging media copyright holders to adopt as a means for policing widespread piracy of professionally created video programming on the Web.
A small team of Google engineers have worked for more than a year with federal agencies and NCMEC's analysts in its Child Victim Identification Program to create software to automate the review of some 13 million pornographic images and videos that analysts at the center previously had to review manually.
The Google technology promises to let analysts more quickly search the center's video and image databases to identify files that contain images of child pornography victims. Other tools from Google also help analysts quickly review video snippets.
Shumeet Baluja, a research scientist at Google said in a company statement he had recruited a handful of fellow engineers to create the video detection tools as a side project to their day jobs during the course of 2007.

AAP (15-4-2008)
San Francisco correspondents

What Is Child pornography

Child pornography can be defined as sexually explicit reproductions of a child's image - including sexually explicit photographs, negatives, slides, magazines, movies, videotapes and computer disks.

The Australian Office of Film and Literature Classification (part of the Attorney General's office) provides a general description of publications which they consider may be deemed to be child pornography:

  • Those that contain depictions of actual sexual activity involving persons under 16 years of age.
  • Those that contain photographs of nude models under 16 years of age which have sexual overtones, for instance, by sexually suggestive poses.
  • Those that are mainly devoted to nude children in a non sexual context.

Generally speaking child pornography falls into two categories:
  • Soft core which is not sexually explicit but involves naked and seductive images of children.
  • Hard core which relates to images of children engaged in sexual activity.

'The collection of child pornography'
- According to Kenneth Lanning, in the definitive report 'Child Molesters - A Behavioural Analysis'
  • Paedophiles almost always collect child pornography.
  • Child pornography is treasured by the paedophile and represents their most cherished sexual fantasies.
  • Many paedophiles compulsively and systematically save the collected material to validate their actions or as momentos and souvenirs.
  • They like to share their momentos to gain strong reinforcement from other like minded persons.
  • Collections of child pornography includes books, magazines, articles, newspapers, photographs, negatives, slides, movies, albums, drawings, audiotapes, videotapes and equipment, personal letters, diaries, clothing, sexual aids.

Why do child sex offenders use pornography

There are 5 principle uses of child pornography
  • To seduce children, lower children's inhibitions and as part of the grooming process to model sexual behaviour.
  • To blackmail the child into keeping silent about the abuse.
  • To preserve a child's youth in an image at the age of sexual preference.
  • To establish trust and camaraderie with other paedophiles.
  • To get access to other markets and children by exchanging material with other paedophiles.

The growth of the child pornography industry

The late 1960's and 1970's saw a major increase in the commercial production of child pornography, with Denmark and Holland and to a lesser extent Sweden, being the main European producers. Some of the material from this period continues to circulate. The increasing availability of child pornography in the 1970's led to a response by governments in many countries. In Asia, Japan is the most important centre for child pornography.

One of the major findings of the 1986 Meese Commission in Australia was that the greatest bulk of child pornography is produced in a 'cottage industry' fashion rather than as a major commercial industry. An inquiry into 'Organised Paedophile Activity in Australia' found that child pornography is not, by and large, a commercial endeavour but that there is considerable swapping and sharing of material among paedophiles in Australia and between Australia and overseas.

A considerable amount of child pornography is being produced by sex tourists, mainly from visits in Asia. Some of that material has now been replaced by material being produced in Eastern Europe. Nevertheless there are numerous cases both in Australia and overseas where child pornography is produced and distributed for commercial gain.

According to the Australian Customs Service recent intelligence assessments into paedophiles networks in Europe identified more than 50 organisations and 60 individuals involved in structured paedophile activity and the production of pornography. A number of people identified in the assessment are known to have visited Australia or have supplied child pornography to individuals in Australia.

In addition, as a result of a joint customs/state police investigation in 1993, a large scale importer of pornography to Australia was strongly linked to an international paedophile network. (NCA Inquiry, 95: 47) The ACS told the inquiry that child pornography is being non-commercially exported from Australia. According to a 1989 study, 31 sex rings were identified by police in the United Kingdom over a two year period in a geographically defined population of 710,000.

Child pornography and the Internet

The Internet has added a new quality to the production and dissemination of child pornography. The computer is the perfect medium for paedophiles. According to Kenneth Lanning, paedophiles generally are extremely ordered and meticulous record keepers, therefore the computer can fill their need for organisation, validation, souvenir records and to find victims". Paedophiles use the computers to communicate with each other, to locate individuals with similar interests, to find children to abuse, to transfer and create child pornography and to profit.

In recent years child pornography is increasingly being created/manipulated by and distributed through electronic means via the internet and computer bulletin boards. While there has been little research into the Australian situation, a Swedish researcher found that over a seven day period in late December 1994, 5,651 messages of postings about child pornography were contained in four bulletin boards. Among the postings, about 800 were pictures of adults and adolescents engaged in sexual acts. The children looked between the ages of 8 and 10 years (The Nation 8/2/95).

An international investigation into child pornography on the internet found over 100 suspects being identified as users of a world wide child pornography bulletin board out of Denmark. Paedophiles paid about $100 to become members of the bulletin board which enabled them to download sexual images of children onto their home computers.

Don Huyke, one of the world's foremost authorities on child pornography and the senior supervising special agent for the US Customs Service told a police seminar held in Melbourne in 1995 that computer bulletin boards and other online services have become the new frontier for paedophiles. He stressed that governments and police needed to react swiftly to the growing threat of the electronic transfer of images of child sex by enacting new legislation and increasing their technical capabilities.

The introduction of now common technologies like the video camera and the video recorder gave a boost to the production of child pornography. The advantages of video material are clear:
conventional photos neede to be developed by third persons, there is a risk of detection. The sex exploiter becomes now the producer of his own, "tailor-made" pornography, being no longer dependent upon static photos. Videos can easily and quickly be copied.

The Internet promises to be an ideal medium for the purposes of child sex exploiters. Already now there is an enormous quantity of pornography sent via the Internet. About 50 million users are online all over the world, in over 40 million internet pages at least 1 million sexually explicit photos are contained. The net provides absolute anonymity to its users- suppliers and clients. Digital pictures don't age, they are reproduced in exactly the same quality in any number. Encryption is more and more common, so even when messages or pictures are intercepted, it is nearly impossible to judge its legal/ illegal character.

The law is challenged

Existing legislation often does not comprise the fact that today it is possible to generate computer images of non-existing children in situations of sexual abuse. This seemingly victimless crime is not punishable Another problem is:
how old is a "computer child"? Or: where is the criminal act: When the abuse takes place? When the picture is fed through the provider server? When the picture is being downloaded? When it is being viewed?
Furthermore, the Internet offers a great range of contact possibilities for child molesters or paedophiles, to get in touch with children. Sex exploiters have over the online contact easy access to children - especially lonely or troubled teens - by tuning into chat sessions.

Australian Government - Obligation for ISPs and ICHs to report child pornography and child abuse material (pdf)

Cases of child pornography

Australia: A Western Australian Education Department clerk was found guilty of possessing child pornography he had accessed on the internet information super highway in what is believed to be the first such case of its kind in Australia... Three of the photographs were of naked children aged six or seven and the fourth photograph was of a pre-pubescent Asian girl having sex with an adult." (The Age 1/4/95)

United States: The FBI made at least a dozen arrests and searched 120 homes across the United States concluding a two year investigation into the use of the nation's largest computer network to distribute child pornography and arrange sex with children." (Bangkok Post 15/9/95)

Thailand: The Foreign Ministry will co-operate with the Immigration Bureau to blacklist American publisher and writer Bruce Cassirer, who published a travel guide on where to have sex with young prostitutes in Thailand. Ossirer reportedly hired Thai prostitutes to "put on a show" over the Internet, available to up to 30 million subscribers." (Bangkok Post 2/3/95)

New Zealand: Computer systems and CD Rom disks were seized and three Wellington men are facing charges after a May raid by Internal Affairs. The computer system was being used to run an allegedly pornographic bulletin board called 'The Jungle'. The more that 15,000 pictures and text files held on the imported CD Rom disks included child pornography." (NZ Dept of Internal Affairs Newsletter July 1995)

Some of the effects on children

Whenever a child is videotaped or photographed by a paedophile, there is always repucussions. The redistribution of those products repeats that victimisation over and over even after many years. Children who have been exposed to pornography may be desensitised and socialised into believing that pornographic activity is normal for children. Children who have been used in the production of pornography show a multitude of symptoms: emotional withdrawal, anti-social behaviour, mood swings, depression, fear and anxiety. They are at high risk to later become perpetrators themselves. The most destructive feelings those children carry is guilt and shame.

Report online child pornography

If you become aware of the use, viewing, or transmission of child pornography, immediately report it to your Service Provider and the Police.

Set reasonable rules and guidelines for your child's computer use. Discuss the rules and post them near the computer as a reminder.

Monitor your child's compliance with the rules, especially the amount of time your children spend online. Excessive, late-night use may be a clue there is a potential problem. The Web and computers should not be used as an electronic babysitters. Make the computer and the Web a family activity. Consider keeping the computer in the family room rather than in a child's bedroom. Get to know their online friends as you do their other friends. - Report online child pornography.

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