Online CP Is Not An Urban Myth

Tim Henning

Recently there have been questions put to ASACP on such industry boards as GFY and XBIZ regarding the validity of internet child pornography. Some of these questions include;

Are there really CP sites online?

Since 1996, ASACP has been helping companies around the world to protect children and to protect their businesses.

YES! In fact a recent international law enforcement conference held in early November heard that even with increased funding and resources for law enforcement agencies to fight online child sexual exploitation, law enforcement will continue to lose this fight due to the overwhelming number of cases.

Wouldn’t a hosting company shut them down immediately?

Some cp sites and cp materials hosted on shared user generated platforms are caught quickly while others remain online indefinitely. While technology is helping there are many clever methods to hide and share cp online that make detection and removal a daunting challenge. As well, not all regions in the world have laws to address the problem of child pornography.

How many actual CP cases do you guys process?

Since 2003, ASACP’s CP Reporting Hotline and related data collection and analysis program has played an important role in protecting children and businesses — having processed more than 620,000 reports of suspected child pornography and forwarding nearly 95,000 leads to relevant authorities and international hotlines. ASACP also regularly participates in special investigations at the request of authorities, both domestically and abroad.

Many people outside of the organization do not realize just how much daily activity happens behind the scenes at ASACP. We are frequently called upon to assist our members and sponsors, the mainstream community and public and government organizations, as well as judicial representatives and law enforcement authorities, on an international level.

Due to the nature of the work the hotline accomplishes, it is usually not possible for ASACP to make public any details surrounding the reports, investigations or assistance it provides. This situation makes it hard for the association to illustrate its ongoing value since we are not allowed to reveal the pivotal role we play, or the actual results we obtain.

Because online CP distribution trends are constantly changing, ASACP will continue its vital mission of informing and educating stakeholders, with plans to periodically release updates to its first whitepaper, “ASACP Hotline Report: Online Child Pornography Data and Analysis,” (www.asacp.org/whitepaper/ASACP-whitepaper-9-10-2010.pdf), with a 2012 update planned.

Since 1996, ASACP has been helping companies around the world to protect children and to protect their businesses. Our evolving Best Practices, Code of Ethics, CP Reporting Hotline and Restricted To Adults (RTA) website label all play vitally important roles in this regard.

While it’s all in a day’s work for ASACP, it is clear that the problems of online child abuse and the need to address the false accusations surrounding the involvement of the adult entertainment industry in this horrific trade (claims which are on the rise in the U.S., due to the current election cycle), are problems that still need to be fought — a fight that can only be waged through the continued support of sponsors, members and contributors like you.

For more information, please contact tim@asacp.org.

ABOUT ASACP: Founded in 1996, ASACP is a non-profit organization dedicated to online child protection. ASACP is comprised of two separate corporate entities, the Association of Sites Advocating Child Protection and the ASACP Foundation. The Association of Sites Advocating Child Protection (ASACP) is a 501(c)(4) social welfare organization. ASACP manages a membership program that provides resources to companies in order to help them protect children online. The ASACP Foundation is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization. The ASACP Foundation battles child pornography through its CP Reporting Hotline and helps parents prevent children from viewing age-restricted material online with its Restricted To Adults (RTA) website label (www.rtalabel.org). ASACP has invested nearly 15 years in developing progressive programs to protect children, and its relationship in assisting the adult industry’s child protection efforts is unparalleled. For more information, visit www.asacp.org.

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