How the Cancer of Child Porn Hides in Plain Sight
October 03, 2019
It's a crime wave that's overwhelming the internet and is at a "breaking point" according to a new report released by the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC). The New York Times's coverage of the report details how the porn industry has metastasized into all kinds of social media and now will be better able to hide its deadly presence because of changes that mega-vendors like Facebook are proposing. And it's getting worse every day.
Porn is so prevalent in our virtual world that "12 million of 18.4 million, or two out of every three reports of child pornography online, come from the Facebook Messenger app." In fact, the report found "(l)ast year, tech companies reported over 45 million online photos and videos of children being sexually abused -- more than double what they found the previous year."
Even knowing this, law enforcement officials are forced to focus on the worst of the worst, because of the numbing volume, said Patrick Trueman, President and CEO of the National Center on Sexual Exploitation, on Wednesday's Washington Watch.
"We have an overwhelming problem so that the Justice Department of the United States and other law enforcement agencies don't even try to prosecute those who have child pornography images of older children. They're just now trying to work on the prepubescent children. It's unlicensed. It's out of control ... Many of these law enforcement agencies won't even prosecute unless you actually have an image of someone sexually abusing a child," Trueman said.
The tragedy is that a focus on child porn, though understandable, doesn't address how those addicted to porn end up fantasizing about children.
Trueman noted: "What we know about the brain science is that people get addicted to pornography and then they look for harder and more deviant material because you get bored with the kind of material you're looking at ... and eventually people move from one genre to another and then they aren't excited about it, and they go to child pornography."
And sexual offenders may find that they have a friend in Facebook to cover up their crimes.
"Google and its allies, Mozilla and Clouds, they're going to encrypt all search activity on the browsers so that all of the material that people search for will be hidden. Just imagine what that is going to do to law enforcement," said Trueman.
As Breitbart reported: "Facebook has long known about abusive images on its platforms, including a video of a man sexually assaulting a 6-year-old that went viral last year on Messenger. When Mark Zuckerberg, Facebook's chief executive, announced in March that Messenger would move to encryption, he acknowledged the risk it presented for 'truly terrible things like child exploitation.'"
And yet, the encryption program moves forward.
"We are getting further and further away from child protection on the Internet because of this encryption issue," said Trueman.
The former justice department leader said that he and others will be working with Congress to address this crisis. "We do need much more funding. But we do need to have law enforcement agencies, particularly the Justice Department, to recognize that any illegal images of pornography ... have to be prosecuted."
The cancerous path of porn has many victims, though there are resources to help make a change. To learn more, I encourage you to watch Josh McDowell's powerful presentation last year at Watchmen on the Wall entitled, "While it is still Day Be Pure!"