As mentioned in the last post, fighting for children being abused by online pornogaphers is a vital cause we should all be part of. Today, child exploitation on the internet is a sickening MULTI-BILLION dollar industry. Here are some of the grueling facts to be aware of according to data from the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children (NCMEC):
19% of identified offenders had images of children younger than 3
39% had images of children younger than 6
82% had images of children younger than 12.
There is also strong evidence of increasing involvement by organized crime and extremist groups.
Children have become a commodity in this insidious crime. While there is no empirical research on the scope of the problem, but there are estimates.
A 2002 report by ECPAT International and the Bangkok Post estimated that 100,000 child-pornography web sites existed on the Internet in 2001.
According to the Internet Watch Foundation in the United Kingdom, there has been a 1500% increase in the number of child-pornography images since 1997.
In 2003, the National Criminal Intelligence Service in the United Kingdom estimated that child-pornography web sites had doubled worldwide; that half of the sites are hosted in the United States; and that the number of sites in Russia had doubled.
NCMEC reports that most child pornography consumers and child victims are Americans; however, the financial transactions are increasingly moving offshore.
The International Centre For Missing and Exploited Children, or the IMEC, is a global agency which promotes the well-being and safety of children all over the world though its various programs.
Visit the orginazation’s site to get the latest facts, legislation on the issues as well as ways on how YOU can help end this terrible crimes today.
[tags]Children,Child exploitation,child crimes,pornography[/tags]