Online Kid Porn a Tricky Problem
The recent arrests of The Who's Pete Townshend and Paul Reubens (aka Pee-wee Herman) on child pornography charges spotlight complex issues in which the Internet is increasingly a major player.
The overwhelmingly vast majority of us consider child porn utterly disgusting. But as uncomfortable as it may make us, it's wise for us in an Internet world to consider carefully whether everyone who has contact with such materials should be painted with the same broad brush.
Producers and distributors of child pornography, and other child abusers, should be subject to the harshest of penalties. That's an easy call.
The situation is much cloudier when it comes to punishing people who are only in possession of (or have simply viewed) child porn as defined under current law, especially in the case of first-time offenders.
Before the advent of the Internet, only people seriously driven to obtain these disreputable materials were likely to do so. They typically had to meet with shady characters in back alleys or participate in secretive, underground photo-mailing clubs.
The Internet changed everything. It's been a dream come true for the distributors of such garbage and for predators who could target children through chat rooms and similar venues.
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This is the type of stories we see too often. I stumbled apon it while searching threw www.undergroundnews.com and of course i had to read it. It is very obvious that child porn is a huge problem but it doesnt seem like enough is being done to stop it.
If you go on usenet and search some of the nntps you will find sick crap like alt.binaries.kiddy.porn and other such disturbing material. I dont think enough people do things to try and stop child porn and it just bothers me. So i googled up a link to help stop child porn and child abuse in general.
I found this link which i think all of us should take the time out of our day and read over
for all thoes who dont think child porn is a large internet problem then aparently u havent been around long :P
well just take a look if you got the time and never be scared to report it. I mean you can only help by getting active.
Oh i also found that there are groups around such as "Ethical Hackers Against Pedophilia"
May be worth reading about in your spare time as it may be interesting.. The website i found was currently down but i will look later and try to find a link to post up and make it easier for us all.
http://www.thecpac.com/stop-it.html is jam packed full of links on the subject and you all should really check it out, their are links there to report child porn.