what have you done to actually stop the kids being pimped out in the first place?
Now there is the nub of the issue.
I have never heard any evidence anywhere from anyone even suggesting that the victims portrayed in CP would not be victims of abuse if the camera wasn't there. Someone prepared (given the opportunity) to abuse a child for profit, is exactly the sort of person who will (given the opportunity) abuse a child for no better reason than they can.
Offender motivation is very complex and the profit motive never features on the list. (just for the record - victims by and large do NOT go on to become offenders either)
I was a victim as a child, photographs were taken, I'm now a middle aged man, eventually I have been able to address many of the issues/difficulties/problems that came about as a result of being abused. Some things I haven't been so successful with, and I can accept that I probably never will, and thats ok (well it's a metric fucktonne short of being ok, but I am where I am :-D). It's taken me around 40 years to get here, and I'm doing ok.
I don't know if they still exist, and TBH I don't much care. Compared to all the other horrors of my everyday existence as a little boy, It didn't make a whole lot of difference to anything.
It's not on my top ten of things to get pissed off about now, not even on the top 100.
For sure CP online needs to be eradicated if possible (which I highly doubt) And people trafficking in this stuff need to be dealt with. Yet it continues to amaze me that some dribbling fuckwit with a few dozen pictures on his PC is treated as the same kind of animal as a degenerate priest or DJ who is responsible for actively ruining the childhood's and shattering the personal development of dozens if not hundreds of young people. Directly causing (typically) decades of suffering in silence, and further decades of therapy and the BEST you can expect is to acknowledge that most of your life is missed opportunities, assuming that is that one of the many suicide attempts along the way didn't turn out to be more than an attempt.
The only reason for the disproportionate treatment of CP possessors that I can come up with is that dribbling fuckwits are easier to catch, and that creates the impression that something is being done, when it really isn't. I guess in about 30 or 40 years time people will be looking askance at attitudes around the turn of the century that paid lip service to addressing the issue of child abuse, but did little to actually try to help the victims. In the same way that we treat the attitudes in the 50's 60's 70's from the exalted moral high ground we now feel we occupy.
Abuse is real, it's happening everywhere. In more than one house on your street. Today. Some of the victims will die, most will never confront their issues, those that do will devote years and years of 'crying in a room full of strangers' to get there.
But you can sleep well, dave cameron is on the case.