Facebook kid porn: Reaction hot and heavy

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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Kids raped, sodomized on Facebook pages

(EXPLICIT CONTENT: This report contains graphic details of sexual abuse of children as it has appeared in numerous locations on Facebook. WND immediately reported images of child pornography and child sexual abuse to the FBI. Censored screenshots published are among the mildest of those found.)

She’s a tiny brunette with brown eyes, barely 10, and she’s naked – posing for the man who raped her and traded her photo like currency with thousands of insatiable predators on Facebook.

The girl doesn’t smile, because she knows what comes next. Her abuser will share photos and earn bragging rights from thousands of others just like him who will exchange their own titillating snapshots – often images uploaded from cell phones – of boys and girls they molest.

She’s beautiful. In fact, she could be your own daughter, or little sister. Her little curls dangle over her youthful skin. Her bare body is clearly underdeveloped. But she has become a tool for sex, an X-rated trading card, a means to arouse the world’s sexual deviants.

There are many more young girls and boys like her – not in some sleazy magazine from the back of an adult bookshop, not from some homemade videos in the red light district, not in the back alleys of Bangladesh, but on the pages of one of the most successful new Internet companies in the world.

Meet the dark underbelly of Facebook, an ubiquitous U.S.-based company making an initial public offering expected to value the company as high as $100 billion.

Another profile reveals a small boy, about 8, who looks much like a neighborhood Little League champion or Cub Scout. He’s been forced to undress on a bed and hold his ankles behind his head as his captor photographs his exposed genitals and anus.

One more boy, about 12, is lying face down on a bed as an adult male penetrates him. The photo is a mobile upload – likely taken by a third person in the room who observed the child’s rape and posted the image to Facebook with a cell phone.

On other pages, child-porn deviants share a photo of two naked girls who are kissing and fondling one another outdoors. Yet another boy, who appears to be about 4, is receiving oral sex from a child roughly two years his senior.

Other children just like them are shown sodomizing one another – or being raped by adult men or women – in photos and video links of the abuse posted on Facebook. Entire albums of exploited boys and girls are visible to the public and shared with the click of a mouse.

On the Facebook user page called “Kidsex Young,” one man asks others, “Care to trade vids?” Another posts a video of a naked man fondling a baby on a bed.

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