Part 2 of 4

(EXPLICIT CONTENT: This report contains graphic details of sexual abuse of children as it has appeared in numerous locations on Facebook. WND immediately reported images of child pornography and child sexual abuse to the FBI. Censored screenshots published are among the mildest of those found.)

Most of America’s users have no idea that the social network is home to an enormous collection of unreported child pornography and sexual violence.

As WND previously reported, most of these predators aren’t merely looking at child pornography images. A 2007 Federal Bureau of Prisons study in which psychologists conducted an in-depth survey of online offenders’ sexual behavior, revealed that 85 percent of convicted Internet offenders said they had committed acts of sexual abuse against minors, from inappropriate touching to rape.

The U.S. Department of Justice explains:

Unfortunately, the child pornography market exploded in the advent of the Internet and advanced digital technology. The Internet provides ground for individuals to create, access, and share child sexual abuse images worldwide at the click of a button. … Child pornography offenders can connect on Internet networks and forums to share their interests, desires, and experiences abusing children in addition to selling, sharing, and trading images.

Moreover, online communities have promoted communication between child pornography offenders, both normalizing their interest in children and desensitizing them to the physical and psychological damages inflicted on child victims. Online communities may also attract or promote new individuals to get involved in the sexual exploitation of children.

As part of an undercover news investigation, WND used alias Facebook profiles and located dozens of child-porn images after “friending” many likely pedophiles and predators who trade thousands of pornographic photos on the social network. WND immediately reported graphic images of children and sex abuse to the FBI.

Other photos and videos of young children wearing G-strings and posing provocatively were reported to Facebook first to test the social network’s response.

Early in the investigation, Facebook was slow to remove photos or profiles – and, in some cases, didn’t appear to act at all. After three weeks of observation, some newly reported profiles were removed within 48 hours. However, most explicit videos and interest groups remain on the social network today, and new pedophile profiles are astonishingly simple to locate.

Despite repeated requests over the course of almost two months, Facebook did not respond to phone calls and emails from WND about the numerous images and videos shared by its users of children being sexually abused or posing nude. However, after Part 1 of this series was published, the social network provided a brief, emailed statement that WND posted here.

(Several news outlets reported a similar Facebook response just months ago following a deluge of complaints about its many pages promoting and joking about rape.)

Raymond Bechard, author of “The Berlin Turnpike: A True Story of Human Trafficking in America,” launched Men Against Prostitution And Trafficking, the first anti-human trafficking political action committee in the U.S. He has used alias Facebook profiles to find child predators and turn them over to federal authorities.

“If you report the images to Facebook, its system is woefully inadequate and extremely unresponsive to reporting a crime of this nature,” Bechard told WND. “You report it to Facebook, and you really don’t know if anything has happened. There’s no response – ever – and then you have to go back and see if it’s ever been removed. If a photo/video link does disappear, and they do take it down, you have no way of telling whether the crime you have witnessed has been reported to law enforcement.”

Read the full article here:

http://www.wnd.com/2012/05/can-facebooks-child-porn-explosion-be-stopped/?cat_orig=us

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