End the Trade in Child Rape and Torture

Join the fight against the trade in child rape and torture, aka child pornography.

Data4Justice is a crowd-sourced database of child pornography arrests in America. Currently, there is no public database documenting the scope of America's fastest growing crime.

Inspired by Brian Burghart, creator of the website Fatal Encounters, Data4Justice attempts to create a public database of arrests of people trading in child rape and torture, aka child pornography. We need your help. Please help us map the crisis.

Data4Justice's database, with your help, will enable public officials and private citizens to gain and share information needed to fight this crime and better protect America’s children.

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There is a national and global crisis of the trade in child rape and torture otherwise known as child pornography.

America produces an estimated half of the world’s child pornography. 

Europol's Strategic Assessment of the Commercial Sexual Exploitation of Children Online 6 October 2013.  pg 11-12

Q: Does America really produce an estimated half of the world’s child porn?

A: There is no good data on child porn rates of production, volume, trading, profits and the number of children being abused. That is the goal of this project.

It is a reasonable calculation that America is producing an estimated half of the world’s child rape and torture videos and images if half of the internet servers distributing child porn are located in America.

According to Europol, the Europe-wide police investigative agency, in one study, half of the child porn servers are located in America. Here is the original source: Strategic Assessment of the Commercial Sexual Exploitation of Children Online 6 October 2013.

Paul Gallagher, of the British newspaper The Independent, reported on this 16 October 2013, Live streamed videos of abuse and pay-per-view child rape among 'disturbing' cybercrime trends, Europol report reveals almost half of world’s websites dealing in commercial child sexual abuse material have their servers located in US.” 

American media did not report on this story.

Europol's updated 2015 report details that child sex abuse host sites increased from 516 to 2,617 in America - far greater than any other country. In the first quarter of 2014 (January - June) Europol reported 2,048 sites were trading in child rape and torture in America.

In 2014, the Australian Communications and Media Authority reported a 500% increase, in one reporting year, of child sex abuse images/videos, of which 64% were hosted on USA based internet servers. Australian authorities estimated 80,000 children had been trafficked for rape and torture to produce these images/videos and said the majority were girls under 13 years old.

The American media did not report this story either.

According to one of the Department of Justice's Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) trainers, Brad Russ, an estimated 50,000 Americans, at any given time, are trading child sex abuse images/videos.

The National Center for Missing & Exploited Children (NCMEC) reported that from 2007 to 2013 there has been a 5,000 percent increase in images/videos of child sex abuse with an estimated 22 million images/videos available on the market. In 2014, alone, NCMEC processed 24 million child sex abuse images/videos - a reported 48,000 percent increase since 2002. Of these 75 percent were of children under 12 years old with 10 percent of that being the rape of infants and toddlers.

Microsoft, working with NCMEC, says 1.8 billion images of child sex abuse are uploaded and shared on-line every single day.

Europol's Strategic Assessment of the Commercial Sexual Exploitation of Children Online 6 October 2013. pg 13.

Unlike American investigations, which target individual child porn users, Canadian police have started shutting down the servers.

In March 2015, when the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) in Canada seized a data-hosting server 2,200 of the 7,500 IP address identified were based in the USA.

The United States, again, far outpaced any other country. Germany had 843 users. There were 534 in Japan, 457 in Russia, 394 in Canada, 380 in the United Kingdom and 374 in France.

In this one bust, Canadian police seized over 1.2 petabytes of data - more than four times the amount of data in the US Library of Congress. The data company had netted $18 million in revenue over a three month period.

In early 2015 the FBI seized and shut down a website, based in North Carolina, operating since August 2014, that had 214,898 members trading in child rape and torture.

How many children in America are being raped and tortured every day to produce these kinds of numbers?

One of the major problems in trying to assess the data is that the entire anti-trafficking community, oddly enough, does almost no work on, or research in, child pornography.

The US government has estimated that in 2012, child sex trafficking became America’s fastest growing crime, expanding by 150% per year. Human sex trafficking is estimated as, at least, the third-largest criminal enterprise worldwide. Globally, an estimated 1.2 million children are trafficked for sexual abuse and exploitation every year.

But because the anti-trafficking community has failed to link child sex trafficking with child porn production, which is why children are trafficked for sex, no one really has any idea how many children are being trafficked for sex in America.

If child porn data was factored as a variable into child sex trafficking data, the current estimated numbers of trafficked children would implode.

For example, Terre Des Hommes estimates globally there are 750,000 pedophiles on-line every second. Image how many children are being abused to feed these kind of volume.

We also do not know how much profit the child porn industry produces. Some experts say the global child porn industry may be yielding $20 billion to $50 billion per year. Germany estimates 250,000 Germans spent $27 billion on child sex abuse images/videos in 2013. The Department of Justice reports a pedophile can earn up to $1,000 per night molesting a child via a web camera. One investigator says the child porn industry is “very tempting” with lots of “sales to be made.” A picture can sell for $25, a video for $300. Monthly child porn subscriptions average $100 per month. With this kind of easy profit, child porn is rapidly overtaking drugs as organized crime’s preferred money-maker.

Another aspect of the criminal child porn industry in America, that almost everyone is silent about, is the large number of American government officials (including judges, military officers and police) often with substantial authority, arrested as both consumers and producers in the illegal child porn industry. This makes key government officials, and the institutions they serve, susceptible to pressure to engage in illegal and corrupt behavior undermining good governance, civil society and American democracy.

There is also silence about the stunning number of doctors (in particular pediatric oncologists), university and college professors and day cares, preschools and baby-sitting workers arrested for involvement in the trade of child rape and torture.

The American public needs to know the statistics of America's child porn crisis in order to keep our children safe and halt the crime that is threatening all of our security. The US Government is not (and should be) collecting demographic data on arrests for those trading in child rape and torture, aka child pornography.

So this is what Data4Justice has set out to do.

 

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