Expert: ‘All of this should be blatantly illegal. Let’s let a jury decide’
“It’s welcome news that a major news organization has notified the public about Facebook’s use by pedophiles, but I don’t believe it’s news at Facebook headquarters.”
That statement comes from Patrick Trueman, and he knows all about bringing child rapists and pornographers to justice – because he’s former chief of the Child Exploitation and Obscenity Section of the U.S. Department of Justice.
Trueman, now president of Morality in Media, is reacting to WND’s explosive four-part series exposing child-pornography trading circles on Facebook.
‘Facebook should be deeply embarrassed’
As part of an undercover news investigation, WND used alias Facebook profiles and located dozens of child-porn images after “friending” many likely pedophiles and predators who trade thousands of pornographic photos on the social network.
During the investigation, entire Facebook predator communities were easily spotted. Child pornographers use groups as meet-up points to find others with similar interests. Many of the offenders would list similar interests on their profile pages, including terms such as “Thirteen,” “Lolita,” “Justin Bieber,” “incest” and “PTHC (preteen hard-core pornography).” Their activities might include “Receiving nude pics,” and they subscribe to explicit Facebook fan pages posted in plain sight. WND immediately reported images of child pornography and child sexual abuse to the FBI.
Twenty-five years ago, Trueman explained, pedophiles used a first-generation social-networking system known as the Usenet, which resembled a giant world-wide bulletin board system where people could start communities of any interest. He said they were largely unmonitored.
“Even then, the Justice Department was prosecuting pedophiles who were trading child pornography on Usenet sites, and the Department learned quickly that any unmonitored system would be used by criminals with pedophiles among the first to exploit them,” Trueman said. “Facebook should be deeply embarrassed not to have prevented such a use by filtering the use of those terms, and spending some of the billions of dollars they make to protect children.”
He added, “As a private business, they have the right to protect themselves and their users, they simply appear to have decided not to. If Chelsea Schilling hadn’t educated America, they would have been able to pretend that Facebook was not a magnet for illicit activity.”
Why, after 25 years, hasn’t anything been done about this problem?
Trueman said it’s because the one agency that could do something about it has refused to act and prosecute adult obscenity that promotes, seduces and invites viewers of such material to go ever deeper into deviant sexual activity.
“Instead, the Justice Department pursues only cases involving bestiality and gross deviancy,” he said. “This strategy has never worked in any other law enforcement context, and the attorney general knows this. This strategy has allowed the entire spectrum of illegal pornography so that now there are so many child pornography cases that they cannot all be prosecuted.”
Dawn Hawkins is executive director for Morality in Media, which has a website and Facebook page called “Porn Harms.” She told WND that the organization has witnessed the problem of child pornography on Facebook firsthand.
“In the last month, about five to 10 people join our page a day who have child pornography as their profile picture,” she said. “Many more join who have adult pornography as their profile picture. We always report them to that National Center’s CyberTipline, but we noticed last week when we started keeping track that many were not taken down right away.”
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