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Internet Child Porn Again on Increase in USA

Reuters News Wire (
Wed, 19 Jul 2006 20:13:33 -0500

A UK-based Internet monitoring group said on Thursday it had received
a record number of reports of online child pornography in the first
six months of 2006, with half of all content traced back to the United

The Internet Watch Foundation said it had received 14,313 reports
between January and June, up almost a quarter from the same period in
2005, involving 4,908 cases where investigators found potentially
illegal content, an increase of nearly 50 percent.

"2006 is proving our busiest year yet, with record reports processed
and record number of Web sites confirmed to contain child abuse," said
Peter Robbins, IWF chief executive.

The report said the increase did not necessarily mean there were more
illegal Web sites being set up, saying it could reflect a greater
public intolerance and knowledge of where to report such sites.

Just over half of all the child abuse content had been traced to the
United States, with 15 percent traced to Russia, 12 percent to Japan
and 9 percent to Spain.

That compared to just 0.2 percent in the United Kingdom.

"With a large proportion of the world's internet users, servers and
ISPs in the U.S, their Cybertipline, NCMEC (National Center for
Missing and Exploited Children) and U.S. law enforcement agencies have
a considerable task in tackling the apparently high level of abuse of
their hosting networks," the report said.

Despite warnings to relevant authorities around the world, some Web
sites with child abuse remained accessible for up to five years,
according to the IWF, the official UK body for the public and IT
professionals to report suspicious content.

One Web site, first reported to the IWF in 1999 and which had been
reported 96 times since, was still up and running despite 20 alerts to
the relevant authorities.

"This new information underlines the need for unified international
efforts, transcending borders and legal jurisdictions," the IWF report

Home Office minister Vernon Coaker said the UK was pushing for better
worldwide cooperation.

"Whilst the IWF works to have illegal content hosted in the UK taken
down within 48 hours, not all countries have such an effective
record," he said in a statement.

The IWF also warned that new technology designed to allow Internet
users to share their pictures and videos with friends was being abused
by pedophiles.

Copyright 2006 Reuters Limited.

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