Child Pornography is one of the evils in the society of our era that has crossed the boundary of shame to which can can go. But recent efforts, has created certain changed towards child porn and is attempting to make the world wide web internet, a much for safer place.
Child pornography or porn is one of the toughest evils our society faces today. Paedophilia and other sickening crimes against sweet and joy-filled kids only depict the levels to which mankind can stoop. However strongly we may try to deny it, reality bites! Even though it’s been around for long, it was the Internet which
unfortunately led to it becoming a mass phenomenon. The Internet simplified distribution of media of all kinds, which was traditionally the most difficult to do. As Web sites proliferated, money flowed in and the exploitation and child abuse increased. Taking advantage of poor economic conditions, criminals have managed to lure children, many of them less than ten years of age, with some as young as two. The results are a shocking tale—disturbing pictures of them being sexually abused to a worldwide audience.
Fortunately, many organisations have now started dedicated efforts to curb the spread of child porn. A few years ago, Microsoft donated $1 million for fighting under age porn. Google, on its part has vowed to block child porn related advertisements. Recently, cell phone operators across Europe and Africa got together to found the Mobile Alliance Against Child Sexual Abuse to ban these images from cellular networks. With all the efforts commonly targeting this social evil, governments and law enforcement agencies have started a worldwide crack down. However, as a result of the online patronage, one Website would replace another that was blocked.
After sustained efforts, there is finally some good news for organisations and activists working for the welfare of children—the number of Web sites peddling child porn has actually decreased. From a peak of 3,052 such sites in 2006, the number has fallen to 2,752 last year. All these Web sites are in English, and most of them are based in Russia and the US. According to the Internet Watch Foundation (IWF), an NGO that monitors these efforts, it is possible to put an end to this crime with more manageable number of sites and an agreement in place with hosting companies that stipulate the taking down of child porn Web sites.
If everything goes according to plan, the Net will be a lot safer for the next generation, free from child porn.
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