U.S. authorities announced Wednesday they have broken up the largest ever worldwide online child pornography ring, the 600 strong, members-only internet bulletin board called Dreamboard. Where, according to Attorney General Eric Holder, “Members shared a demented dream to create the preeminent online community for the promotion of child sexual exploitation.”
Dreamboard members "traded graphic images and videos of adults molesting children 12 years old and under, often violently, and collectively created a massive private library of images of child sexual abuse."
"Some of the children featured in these images and videos were just infants," Holder said. "And, in many cases, the children being victimized were in obvious, and intentional, pain – even 'in distress and crying,' just as the rules for one area of the bulletin board mandated."
To pour gasoline on the fire of this evil of all evils, a member's access to material on the site expanded based on the number of images each person contributed. So-called 'super hardcore' images — those depicting adults having violent sexual intercourse with 'very young kids' — were highly valued. And membership would be revoked if a member didn't upload new images at least every 50 days. Members were classified into groups that included "VIP" and "Super VIP." The latter being producers of child porn.
In my estimation this is child trafficking in every respect. If you film yourself sexually abusing a child and profit from it or disseminate the images of the abuse- you are trafficking. You have endangered a child and you are endangering other children by encouraging others to join in your demonic deviancy. This is not about freedom of speech or expression!!!! 90% of child rapists use child porn!! Most for gratification and arousal. Others to convince themselves that their conduct or obsession is 'normal'. Some will even show it to their victim to lower the child's inhibitions and assist in the seduction of the child. Still others will use the videos they make as blackmail against a child to prevent the child from revealing the abuse, or as a currency of exchange with other pedophiles.
In one recent study of arrested child pornography possessors, 40 percent had both sexually victimized children and were in possession of child pornography. 83 percent had images involving children between the ages 6 and 12; 39 percent had images of children between ages 3 and 5; and 19% had images of infants and toddlers under age 3!!
And it's not just in members-only, security encrypted chat rooms, its everywhere. From Facebook to The Village Voice classifieds, BackPage.com. The sexual objectification of children in society is pandemic. Hollywood pumps it into theaters and onto TV with ever-growing frequency. And apparently, according to ex-child actor Corey Feldman, there's a good reason Hollywood is so invested in the devouring of innocence. They like the taste.
Child porn is the fastest growing segment of online porn, with the most violent and deviant types far outpacing the rest. An estimated 10 billion dollar trade in stolen lives and shattered innocence. With the proliferation of mobile technologies there has been an explosion of child porn. Pedophiles are becoming more and more technologically savvy and this makes it very hard for the authorities to rein them in.
And even when they are arrested the average sentence for most convicted child molesters is less than one year in jail and five years probation!!!
5% of child molesters released on probation are re-arrested within 3 years of being released for sexually offenses against another child. Of released sex offenders who allegedly committed another sex crime, 40% perpetrated the new offense within a year or less from their prison discharge. (U.S. Department of Justice)
Parents, you are the first line of defense. You must protect your children from these predators. You must realize that they are everywhere. Of the 500,000 registered sex-offenders in the US, 100,000 of them are unaccounted for. We must all be vigilant. If you see or hear of the sexual exploitation of minors please report it to the authorities. Call the national child abuse hotline at 1-800-4-A-CHILD or the national human trafficking hotline at 1-888-3737-888.
This will not go away without trench warfare on our part. The money, the controlling sexual obsession, the sheer nature of evil itself predicts the graveness and immensity of this battle. We must go beyond outrage and indignation and proactively root out the offenders. There can be no equivocation, no pause. It is the very lives of our children that remain in the balance. We must hit back with such force, such velocity, such relentless determination, that the abusers of our children are the ones who tremble with fear, and never ever again our innocent kids.