CHILD ABUSE CONTENT DOUBLES ONLINE IN JUST ONE YEAR – A recent study by the Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre (CEOP) has revealed that the number of child abuse images and video, mostly including hardcore pornography, has doubled online since 2012.
The report further notes that 70% of all indecent images of children online involves girls under the age of ten and the amount of vile content is being uploaded to servers around the globe at an alarming rate.
The Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre have warned of a disturbing trend that Class 4 images; that’s images that involve actual intercourse with children, has risen by more than 125%.
Other disturbing trends are also being uncovered; such as paedophiles now using online web cams in which to broadcast live abuse to other deviants. CEOP have noted that paedophiles are now using highly sophisticated software to mask their activities and social video media is almost impossible to track.
The sickening trend has to stop; but who do we turn to? The UK Government has been working with Internet Service Providers (ISP) to include automatic blocking of pornography and whilst the major ISPs in the UK have introduced such measures it is feared by parent and child protection groups that the measures simply do not go far enough to protect our children.
Google has also been approached and admonished by the UK Government and organisations as it was established that Google was profiteering from some of the vilest content on the internet, including child pornography and terrorist related material.
Whilst Google has now increased its funding to a Cambridge based Online Child Protection organization from £20,000 a year to £250,000 much of the public feel that the funds are not only a drop in the ocean, due to the billions Google generates each year in profits, but also that Google should do more internally in the fight to remove child pornography from its servers.
By now you are probably cringing and even thinking about moving on to another subject – I don’t blame you as any rational person would find this disturbing. However it is my responsibility to lay the truth bare in order to cause a large enough reaction where people will make a stand and demand our Government’s and internet giants, such as Google, do more to stamp out this vile content.
Last month meebal.com announced that it was pulling all Google Ads from its network in protest; meebal.com refuses to provide profits to any company who will not make a stand.
Meebal.com is not the only one to abandon advertising in protest. Last week Marks & Spencer pulled its advertising from Facebook due to their advertisements being displayed on teen porn.
Meebal.com now relies on user subscriptions and donations in order to remain in business and our view is that everyone needs to rally in order to force the issue across and make progress in the pursuit of stamping out child pornography online.
It is time that our Government’s and the likes of Google were firmly told that the public have a ‘zero’ tolerance policy for this type of content and the public do have the power to effect change – just petition your local MP or stop using Google; it really is that simple and once you hurt the bottom line of a corporation they will sit up, take notice and take positive action.
In the UK this year we’ve already had the likes of Mark Bridger and Stuart Hazel, both of which were sexual child predators who used the internet to fuel their sick fantasies and that ultimately lead to the murders of April Jones, 5 and Tia Sharp 12.
Left: Stuart Hazel – Murdered Tia Sharp Aged 12 | Right: Mark Bridger – Murdered April Jones Aged 5
How bad is the proliferation of online child abuse in the UK? CEOP revealed that some 10,000 new cases of children being abused online appear each year and as technology becomes easier to use; with the spread of software that is able to hide a person identity, this problem is growing year on year.
Spread this article; share it through all your social networks and let people know about the growing problem. We can no longer bury our heads in the sand and our children’s safety relies in all of us tackling the problem head on.
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