Police in Switzerland have uncovered a child pornography ring that secretly used a hip-hop website to distribute illegal images to some 2,300 computers in 78 countries. The videos depicting minors engaged in sexual acts were hidden in the unidentified site where the principal content was "perfectly legal," Jean-Christophe …
What a shocker. So - let me guess what happens next: the people whose stolen credit cards were used to buy the porn will be jailed, in order to prevent this happening again, and the russians who are making and selling the porn will continue apace.
Meanwhile, the cops whose budget goes up for a job well done, the s'kiddies who harvest the cards, the middle men who sell the numbers, and the abusers all make money - and the kids keep getting abused.
Thank goodness for justice!
Thank god they're idiots
Child porn perverts just can't resist their drug of choice. They buy porn with their own credit cards most of the time. Then, after the porn servers are taken by the plods and analyzed, the bread crumb trail leads straight back to the perv, who, 99% of the time never sees it coming - until they get a flashbang wakeup, followed by a free ride to the graybar hotel. In prison, they still can't help talking about it, to anyone that will listen - hence the high mortality rate of pedophiles in prison.
Can you imagine how dangerous pedos would be if they were smarter ?
Are you suggesting we leave such sites operating? At the end of the day you can only bust the people you can catch. Some of the users will have used cards traceable to them, and analysing their PCs and financial history may well lead to other sources of child porn that can then be targeted.
So while I share your cynicism about the legal system to a degree, that does not extend to scoffing at operations which bust sites selling child porn, or the efforts of the law enforcement agencies in doing that.
And let's not pretend this stuff is all made in the eastern bloc either, or that the people behind it always get off scot free. Google "Little Ted's Nursery" if you haven't heard of it, we're only talking a couple of weeks ago, right here in the UK.
The worrying thing is, that many "pedos" are probably smarter than we think. You only know about the ones that get caught. The rest are too clever. This gives your last line a sinister air! Let's just hope most of them are stupid.
This is a fascinating insight that tells me the pervs are not as dumb as you think: http://wikileaks.org/wiki/An_insight_into_child_porn
Catching the few numpties who used their own card to buy this stuff is pointless tbh. Keep the operation quiet and take down the people actually uploading the stuff surely?
Of course these sites should be cracked down on, and cracked down hard.
However, I've heard that the police's targeting of users is fairly indiscriminate : credit card being used? Investigation or at the very least a caution (without making it clear that a caution is a criminal record). Doesn't matter if your credit card was stolen, doesn't matter if you're using a credit card on one of the (legal) sites on the same web server.
Some detail from basic googling here : http://timworstall.com/2009/06/21/operation-ore/
Operation Ore, not so perfect as the media presented.
Or, if that's not enough for you, how about putting ../ in a URL and getting raided by armed police? The guy still has a criminal record for that, I believe.
The thought of being subscribed to a small payware site of any variety that's been hacked to serve illegal material should send the shivers down the back of everyone. I do not have confidence that the attitude of 'it's a site we've never heard of, therefore they must all be guilty kiddie fiddlers' would not be prevalent. All it needs is one article by a moronic tabloid journalist to ruin the lives of innocent people ('Emperor Beetle study site found to be secret kiddie porn ring' on page 1 and then a correction four weeks later on page 23 'plenty of people actually innocent, only interested in beetles')