Four-fold increase in child abuse found on Web

In its annual report, British-based Internet monitoring group Internet Watch Foundation found that in the last three years there has been a four-fold increase in the number of child pornography images involving severe abuse such as penetrative and sadistic sexual activity. The group said nearly 60% of all commercial child abuse Web sites now sold images of child rape. The number of reports of child pornography it had received in 2006 had risen by 34% compared to the previous year. It also found that 80% of those in the abusive images were female and 91% appeared to be under 12. "This is babies, toddlers and pre-pubescent children suffering some of the most horrific abuse. Sadly the commercial sites are just responding to a demand by people around the world to buy that level of image. If there's profit to be made they will carry on doing it," an IWF spokeswoman told Reuters.

About 90% of all commercial sites appeared to be hosted in United States or Russia while more than 80% of the 3,077 Web sites that contained potentially illegal content were linked to either of the two countries. The IWF spokeswoman said although the overall number of Web sites had remained roughly the same, each one was putting out more content with a 7% rise in the number of individual URLs containing child abuse. In 2004, the IWF database had no images that were posted on sites which allow users to post their holiday snaps for friends and family to see, but last year, such sites accounted for 10.5% of the URLs with child abuse content. The IWF said its main challenge was trying to get better international support for stopping commercial sites which often "hopped" to different servers around the world (one offending site had been reported 224 times since 2002)

News source: MSNBC

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"About 90% of all commercial sites appeared to be hosted in United States or Russia while more than 80% of the 3,077 Web sites that contained potentially illegal content were linked to either of the two countries."

The US and Russia should be ashamed that this level of content is being distributed by your countries. For the US it seems ironic that they can crack down on internet gambling but can do little about this.

Land of the free = free to make money from child porn

Firstly we have to remove political correctness and human rights from the equation.

Then all convicted paedophiles should be castrated.

If they are female then life.

We do not protect the young, I have yet to see reports of over 16 year olds that have sexual intercourse with males and females under the age of consent (16) being charged either.

They have to start at the bottom and move up quickly.

Rarely has a post made me so mad that I cried. I feel for those children who are victimized.

I just cannot fathom what kind of a sick person likes doing this kind of stuff and then what kind of sickos get off watching this crap.

May they burn in eternal hell. Amen

With all the awareness campaign and some NGO's who try to crack down these networks, I thought it was decreasing. But if all governments join hands and try to do something, good results wont be far. Protect the kids.

So go out, capture these ****ers and put them away for the rest of their life. You have the description of the person from the image and video, the evidence is handed to you digitally. You have the ability to narrow down their exact location by IP address and help from the ISP, etc.
I sometimes believe there is a plan for everyone, but for these children and babies to suffer at the hands of these sick monsters is obliviously wrong. The psychological and emotional damage done to these kids is scaring them for life.

Jeremy of Many said,
The psychological and emotional damage done to these kids is scaring them for life.

Those that live anyway. It's not uncommon for the victims of such abuse to be murdered afterwards...

As a parent of two small children, as far as I'm concerned this kind of thing should carry the harshest of punishments. I don't CARE if the perps are "ill"; hang them.

FloatingFatMan said,

Those that live anyway. It's not uncommon for the victims of such abuse to be murdered afterwards...

As a parent of two small children, as far as I'm concerned this kind of thing should carry the harshest of punishments. I don't CARE if the perps are "ill"; hang them.

Well said.

I suppose it depends if the same laws apply in all countries.. USA and Russia sure, but what morals and laws are in one country do not always apply in another. While this is a clear cut subject in my mind too often people think the morals they were brought up on are somehow worldwide law or accepted. Morals are only what you believe in and not much more. The only thing that makes nudity taboo is the values you were brought up on and nothing else.

twistedddx said,
I suppose it depends if the same laws apply in all countries.. USA and Russia sure, but what morals and laws are in one country do not always apply in another. While this is a clear cut subject in my mind too often people think the morals they were brought up on are somehow worldwide law or accepted. Morals are only what you believe in and not much more. The only thing that makes nudity taboo is the values you were brought up on and nothing else.

Taboos are one thing. We're talking the exploitation and abuse of children here. That is a universal violation of human rights -- whether the local populace realizes it or not -- the end result is the same anywhere in the world.

I think that I understand your point and I agree that international cooperation with law enforcement agencies is going to be affected by local customs and what not but I still would like to see governments around the world try harder to combat this problem. It is not unique to any one country and, therefore, needs to be targeted by all.