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Thread: Child Porn Crime Rises In Britain: Report

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    LONDON, Jan. 12 (Xinhuanet) -- Child porn crimes in Britain have risen 15 fold since 1988 and new internet mobile phones could makethings even worse, according to a report issued Monday by a leading British children's charity.

    The National Children's Homes (NCH) said in its report that 549child porn offenders were charged or cautioned across Britain in 2001, compared with only 35 in 1988.

    The internet is largely to be blamed for the sharp rise in child porn offenses, said the report.

    Experts also fear the launch of mobile phones capable of accessing the internet will make child porn crimes even more widespread and difficult to combat. Prepaid mobile phones cannot be traced as there is no record of who owns the handset.

    It is reported that advanced 3G -- third generation -- technology will allow paedophiles to access child porn on pay-as-you-go phones with impunity.

    "The internet is about to go mobile, and that could make many things more difficult to prevent or detect," said NCH's web consultant John Carr in an interview with the BBC.

    "Almost all the issues of child safety on the internet that exist today become much more complex when the internet goes on thestreet." Enditem

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    Yep that's the world we live in

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    some one was just telling me about his landlord who got locked up for child pornography and he had to 10-15 year old daughters

    its a mighty fu^ked world
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    I think its wrong to blame the internet alone, although lets face it...it makes all this crap so much more available for them.

    In the 1980's, this type of thing was still swept under the carpet to a great extent.

    If you look at the figures from say the mid 1990's...when the UK really started cracking down until the present day, there may be a truer correlation as to the effect of the internet...rather than society as a whole's attitude hardening.

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    but received a strong reprimand from British authorities for allegedly looking at Web photos of abused children.

    http://story.news.yahoo.com/news?tmpl=stor..._music_eo/13177

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    Originally posted by Rat Faced@12 January 2004 - 21:37
    I think its wrong to blame the internet alone, although lets face it...it makes all this crap so much more available for them.

    In the 1980's, this type of thing was still swept under the carpet to a great extent.

    If you look at the figures from say the mid 1990's...when the UK really started cracking down until the present day, there may be a truer correlation as to the effect of the internet...rather than society as a whole's attitude hardening.
    I agree, Rat, although I think the internet has the unintended effect of enabling and fomenting the acting-out of perverse behaviors.

    There has always been a segment of society whose self-control was hair-trigger; the availability of the stuff on the 'net is playing a large part in showing us (and the children, unfortunately) just who these people are.
    “Think about how stupid the average person is, and then realize that half of 'em are stupider than that.” -George Carlin

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    The headline statistics are somewhat spurious given that no one in the UK had the internet in 1988.

    What is much more worrying in the body of this report, is that criminal gangs in Eastern Europe have moved in and are treating it like a business. As has proved in other areas of crime in Europe, these people are powerful, have corrupted authority and play nasty. Until the social and economic problems of that area improve this problem is going nowhere very fast.
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    It is always dangerous to associate the increase in detection and prosecution with the increase in the rate of the crime.

    I personally suspect that the internet has caused a much more dramatic rise in the availability and indeed creation of this type of material than these figures suggest. I cannot support this with figures it is merely an opinion.

    The main problem there is that, as people have more access then they can get the available material more quickly. As such there becomes a higher demand for new stuff to be made. There is only one way to make child pornography and that is by involving children in it. So the increased demand automatically leads to increased instances of child abuse. Some of it is the sharing of lewd pictures of young girls, some of it is more hideous than it is proper for a healthy mind to try and comprehend. There is everything in between.

    The other thing to bear in mind is that todays organised crime gangs are in many ways less scrupulous than some of the older ones. They had their own rules and would not do (or allow) certain things, there were boundaries they would not cross. It appears nowadays that, so long as it makes a big profit, anything goes.

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    Wouldn't disagree with that. Prior to 1988 I am not even sure if it was something the police much looked for. Incidents like the web site used by the FBI (forget the name of the operation) also show that the internet can be used to police these crimes thus increasing detection rates.

    With regards the criminals, the "new East" has grasped the principles of supply and demand remarkably quickly. Capitalism unfettered, just what Marx feared it would seem.
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