Credit Card Child Porn Buys Fueling Child Exploitation

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Child-porn sites on the Internet work are up for a short period, but then move off to new domain names and Web addresses to evade detection from authorities, says Women’s eNews. The unsuspecting recipient can click open explicit images depicting acts of oral sex, anal sex, vaginal penetration, bondage, rape, or torture. “The fact that child pornography can be purchased using a credit card is causing a global problem and an immeasurable impact on the sexual exploitation of children,” says Ernie Allen of the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, Alexandria, Va., which operates a tip line to report child porn by telephone or e-mail. In 2001 the group received 21,603 tips about child porn Web sites. Three years later, that figure was 106,176.

Allen believes there are at least 100,000 sites up and running. “Almost half of the cases we have caught are children that are being victimized by their parents, often for revenue,” says Allen. “Parents sexually abuse their children and put it up on the Web and sell the pictures.” Allen says global sales of illegal pornography that exploits children–including those under 4 years old–are about $3 billion a year. He says many of those sales are inside the U.S., most for photos pre-pubescent girls sold mainly to U.S. consumers.

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