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Child Pornography, Easy Peasy

October 23rd 2006 05:47
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It is actually true, you have no idea how easy it is to get underage porn on the internet. I came across this little fact when doing research a couple of years back on pornography that I was going to write for an assignment.

What I wanted to focus on was illegal pornography, particularly child porn. I’m the kind of person who’d rather try and find this ‘material’ on the internet to see how easy it is to get myself rather than read what someone else wrote. However, I’m not going to go Google ‘under age porn’, that won’t work, I know without even trying.

BitTorrent diagram
Illustration of a BitTorrent network, Image taken from wikipedia
So what did I do to get to it? I used peer to peer software (or p2p for short). What is p2p software you might ask? Well basically it a system in which many computers from all across the globe link up to transfer data between one another. Let’s say you have a file that is 100 megabytes big. Let’s say there are ten computers all which want this file, and one computer that has it already and is sharing it with the other ten, this computer is the ‘seeder’. What happens is this one computer distributes bits and pieces of the 100 megabyte file to all ten computers which are known as the ‘leachers’, so to one computer it gives part ‘a’, to another it gives part ‘b’, so on and so forth, what happens after this is that each leaching computer will have so much of the data. They will then begin sharing the bits and pieces of data they have with the other computers on this p2p network.

Why would I be interested in this form of information sharing than others? Well simply because this form of information distribution is cheap, effective and available on a massive scale, the network of computers wanting the file will literally grow on its own depending on the popularity of the file and in most cases you’ll find there will be many more seeders and even more leachers. To put it in perspective, extremely popular files can have upwards of 5000 seeders and upwards of 50,000 leachers. That is for extremely popular files, and they usually grow from only one computer seeding.

Peer 2 Peer software is especially popular in ‘sharing’ music, movies, and games and is a cause of great concern for anti-piracy activists, it is impossible to stop because it is never centralized to any one computer.

As you can tell, p2p technology is a great way to share information, be it legal or illegal, it can be used to share anything from anywhere in the world, which is what worried me to begin with. What about, for instance, child pornography created in Romania which could easily be shared on these p2p networks?

I decided to try two ways to find said underage porn. The first way is the most popular form of p2p, it is called bittorrent. What happens is you go to a website and you download a ‘torrent’ which you can open with a Bittorrent client (such as BitComet) which will connect you to all the computers in the world that have the same torrent active. The torrent doesn’t contain anything about what your downloading so much as it guides your computer to obtaining it from seeds and leachers. Inevitably your PC also becomes a semi-seeder as it starts uploading data to other computers before finishing the download.

BitTorrent for Dummies
A great book to pickup if you'd like to learn about torrents and p2p software in general
I went on a popular ‘torrent’ search engine (which shall remain nameless for fear of prosecution) and simply typed in ‘underage’, to see just how many torrents there were of underage material. I got fifty odd results back, from fetish to sex, it was all there. Whether or not it was the real deal I wouldn’t know, I’m not about to download them. The names were quite explicit, one really catching my eye: “13yo Girl Raped And Crying With Feet Bound Bd Sm Bdsm Torture Slave”. Wether or not it is real is another matter, but what if it is real?

Another form of p2p which is far simpler exists in programs such as ‘Shareaza’ and ‘Kazaa’. Simply download, install and you have it all set up for you, all you do is search for whatever you want, be it movies, games, and illicit pornography. Typing ‘underage’ here revealed just as many results, not any cleaner at all either.

I don’t know how this can be handled, the software itself is made in a way that it can’t be stopped by hitting any one particular location. I guess really, the best way to stop this is by stopping child exploitation all together.

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Comment by Ahmed

October 23rd 2006 06:15
Just a note to my regular readers (of which there are 20ish of you), I'm sorry that I haven't been updating so much.

Comment by TonyK

October 23rd 2006 06:50
Yea, still astounds me how people can find anything remotely sexual about children, sad and twisted world we live in

Comment by Damo

October 23rd 2006 07:36
I used to sit near a person resposible for a large news server. He had to respond to complaints of child porn and block address. Onlyproblem was he had to check it out to ensure that it was child porn the report it onto the federal police.

Getting paid to check out porn may sound like an ideal job but after his firt day he was looking for someone else to do the task.

Comment by spain01

October 23rd 2006 10:40
There is the issue of children getting exposed to pornography on the net, which happens all of the time. What effect is this having because it is an offence to expose an underage child to pornography but we do not prosecute web providers.

Comment by Ahmed

October 23rd 2006 13:35
TonyK, well someone out there must like it, and that someone would be quite a few people who seem to have a fetish for child molestation at least.

Damo, I once saw a documentary on the matter of pornography, people who would sit down (this is in Queensland) and review mainstream hollywood movies, nad more often, pornography (which are far more popular than hollywood movies), and rate them. The people doing it generally found it was quite draining, particularly all the hardcore stuff. The person doing the documentary simply asked 'how could people wan't to see this?', 'well appretnly there are people who want to see defications on one another' [sic]. Porn really isn't, how should we say? Decent. 9.98/10 It is pretty horrific and mentally draining.

spain01, well it is quite difficult to keep children from doing so, the internet is the perfect medium (especially via p2p software) to transfer pornography. To censort he internet it is impossible, if anyone should really be blamed for children being exposed to pornography on the internet it is the parents who allow it.

Comment by Cibbuano

October 24th 2006 05:23
I don't think it's something that we can ever change in humanity, unfortunately... one of the 'kingpins' was caught in my hometown, an awkward looking 18-yr-old guy... turns out he was distributing GBs around the world...

Comment by Luke

October 24th 2006 05:46
Half of the stuff out there that looks like child pornography could just as easily be traps laid by police to gain access to paedophile rings. I'd prefer to think it isn't the sort of thing that easily found or made.

Sadly, I'm probably just being naive.

Comment by Ahmed

October 24th 2006 05:49
I don't think doing that is actually legal, and even if it is it certainly isn't easy. We have firewalls and anti-viruses to keep such intrusions at bay, doesn't matter who its from, be it cops or would be hackers...

They can however using such a method find out how many people are looking for child porn...

Comment by TonyK

October 24th 2006 05:50
I agree Luke, also like how you read those stories in the papers of police pretending to be 14 year olds or whatever in chat rooms to catch potential paedophiles.

Sad world we live in unfortunately where children are used and abused in such a manner

Comment by Joy

October 26th 2006 00:58
That's such a sad story... I mean, it makes you wonder how many people actually downloaded that to watch it. It's so sad.

Comment by Ahmed

October 26th 2006 01:07
Well yeah, like most things the best way to stop this is by stopping the people who want it in the first place..

Comment by Joy

October 26th 2006 01:09
But how would they do that? Put them in jail? If they do that, then won't they just do it when they get out of jail? Psychoanalyze them? I agree that's the source of the problem and where it should be attacked. *sighs* Why are these things so hard?

Comment by Ahmed

October 26th 2006 01:11
Because the punishments are so silly, prison?

Just give 'em a good ol' public lashing, that'll straighten them out and put would be criminals off the idea all together.

Comment by Joy

October 26th 2006 01:13
I don't like that idea, either. Public lashing... eep. But I do agree, something should be done. Prison is probably the best way to keep them from hurting children, though.

Comment by Ahmed

October 26th 2006 01:14
nah, because that just costs too much. Besides, they'll get out in 5 yeasrs with wgood behaviour. You have to psychologically scar them from wanting to do it anymore...

Comment by Joy

October 26th 2006 01:20
Like Room 101 in 1984. *shudders*

Comment by Ahmed

October 26th 2006 01:25
Well I think it iwll work better than prison..

Comment by Joy

October 26th 2006 01:27
You're right, it probably would. I'm just one of those "bleeding hearts."

Comment by Ahmed

October 26th 2006 01:32
*sigh* Society's criminals thrive becasue of peple like you... its time to end that... *brings out wip*

Comment by Joy

October 26th 2006 01:34
I don't know what to say.

But wait. Are these people psychologically affected? Is there any way to change that?

Comment by Ahmed

October 26th 2006 01:36
Well if you look at it that way everyone has their reasons for acting evil.

I guess we all have that evil in ourselves, but the difference is osme of us control it, others don't.

Comment by Joy

October 26th 2006 01:39
That's true. But little kids. Dear Lord! Of course, being a child rapist in prison is supposedly one of the worst things to be. They get beaten very, very badly there. So maybe sending them to prison might actually align with what you're saying?

Comment by Ahmed

October 26th 2006 01:41
yeah, apparently in general rapists are considered to be at the bottom of the prison food chain...but still, to the same effect and the actual thing are different.

Comment by Joy

October 26th 2006 01:42
That's true.

Comment by Parenting Wisdom

October 26th 2006 17:37
This is soooo sad and scary at the same time.

Comment by Ahmed

October 26th 2006 19:46
I think its more scary than sad, that so many people like that sort of stuff...

Comment by Brenton

February 4th 2007 09:04
The good news? Those 'raped 13 yr old' ones? I'm sure some are real. But You notice that on P2P things like Limewire, for everything you searcxh you'll find OODLES of video files the same size. They have all different names. and all fake.

So some of those 'raped teen' ones? Same filesize.

= same video. I'm 99% sure.

The concern there is some of these adds are ro things like dating sites. So... what sort of people are they attracting, to use their service to find... victims?

Comment by Ahmed

February 4th 2007 09:10
I wasn't looking for the same file sized ones, I know of *those* damn them, they pop up on any search, and I mean any search and rename themselves based on search context, if you are looking for a music video it renames itself to music_video_all_new.avi, if you are looking for porn it renames itself to blowjob_sexy_bitch.avi

The ones I was looking at I know aren't from these advertising companies because they weren't small and they weren't duplicates either, they were runnning in the 50 meg range, typically tehse advertising peoples (aka spambots) have their files down at just 800kb (0.8mb).

Comment by Anonymous

November 20th 2007 00:10
Have owned at least one computer since 1999 and have read all these stories about child pornography and child pron sites yet, have never ever seen one my self -- I believe that they are non existant

Comment by Brenton

March 26th 2008 11:29
That's like saying that having lived in New York since 1999 and never observed a murder, it doesn't happen.

Comment by Anonymous

December 4th 2008 04:45
ok for 1,
Some people do like child porn but the whole sex law should be changed. It should be legal to view child porn as long as the kid(should be at least 13) and thier parents willingly allow them to do it. However I'm pretty sure that most people that search for underage porn are underage themselves so it really wouldn't be so wrong if it was just a 16 yr old searching for other 16 yr olds now would it?
Of course there are the pedophile groups u have to look out for I guess.

Comment by Anonymous

February 22nd 2009 06:01
honestly, I belive things like this are happening. Sad, but true. I know that strange attractions happen to random people, probably from some small mental 'glitch.' I myself, for instance, am "Furry," so I really find it rather easy to belive that some are attracted to children.... still, I wonder how these people have been brought up, to have so little self-control as to actually try to find pictures of children in that manner.

ah well. I guess we just dump more on the 'to be investigated' pile.

Comment by Anonymous

March 12th 2011 08:57
I've heard stories of "joke files" circulating on Limewire disguised with titles that would cause the average user to believe that they contained some form of child pornography, and the actual content is nothing but silly, disgusting, or frightening non-pornographic images with captions like pwned and you've been punked.

Comment by hooverviking

March 19th 2011 17:10
ever wonder if its not adults who put it up but the children them selfs idk but maybe its the children that are interested in each other y'know

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