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Old 09-04-2003, 02:16 PM
LSD-25 LSD-25 is offline
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How do I report child porn on the internet?

Is there an official organisation that deals with child porn websites? The anti-child-porn sites I've found either don't have any legal power or are only able to act if the offending website is based in the US or UK, which it isn't. I think child-porn must be illegal in every country so surely there's an internet policing group that can take action regardless of where the site is based (other than going to the FBI)?

What I find most disturbing is that I came across the offending site via a search engine while I was looking for something quite unrelated. I reported the site to the search website a week ago but they still haven't removed it, so I'm sure I'm not the only person that has seen this site.

Any advice on what I can do is appreciated.
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Old 09-04-2003, 03:01 PM
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Well, here's the rub: child porn can be hard to pin down. A picture of a naked child itself isn't (usually) child porn in the eyes of the law. If it was nudests would have a hellish time taking family photos. To be child porn in the eyes of the law (at least in the US) it has to be sexually suggestive.
The problem is even the most innocent nude pict of a child could get a kid toucher off.
Added to all this is that different countries have different laws as to how old someone has to be to be in porn.

All that being said what I've done is if a pict looks to me to be suggestive or an innocent pict presented in a way that makes it clear that it's being peddled to kid touchers I contect the ISP that's hosting the images.

It's not perfect but it's the best I can think of.
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Old 09-04-2003, 03:01 PM
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I don't know.

Maybe contact INTERPOL?
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Old 09-04-2003, 03:06 PM
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Re: How do I report child porn on the internet?

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Originally posted by LSD-25
I think child-porn must be illegal in every country so surely there's an internet policing group that can take action regardless of where the site is based (other than going to the FBI)?
That's where you're wrong. Every country has different laws. This is what makes Internet law so confounding, since it crosses (ignores) political boundaries.

You didn't even bother Googling, did you?

This is the first Google link. Report a link here.:
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Old 09-04-2003, 03:08 PM
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Not intending to be silly about this, but what law enforcement agency in Britain arrested Pete Townsend? That'd be a good place to start.
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Old 09-04-2003, 05:03 PM
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Originally posted by FyreFiend
To be child porn in the eyes of the law (at least in the US) it has to be sexually suggestive.
The problem is even the most innocent nude pict of a child could get a kid toucher off.
Added to all this is that different countries have different laws as to how old someone has to be to be in porn.
I didn't describe the website I saw too explicitly in my OP but there's no doubt that it would be classified as child pornography - I clicked on the link from the search engine and the first page that appeared contained several photos of children around 8-10 years old in sexual acts with adult men. I thought I was fairly unshockable but I wish I'd never seen those images. I must be naive about this stuff but I though this type of material only existed in pedophiles' hard-drives, but the site I saw was a professional-looking commercial one.

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You didn't even bother Googling, did you?
Of course I did, I wouldn't have posted a sensitive question like this on SD if I could have found the answers on Google. The link you provided is for Adult Sites Against Child Porn, while I'm sure they are a worthy organisation they have no actual power to take action agaist an illegal website (as I explained in my OP).



I was hoping maybe there someone I could contact and get the website taken down immediately but it seems it's not that straightforward.
I didn't think of Interpol before but I checked their website and they have a specific page devoted to this type of thing so I've sent them an email with the offending URL, I just hope they can do something about it.
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Old 09-04-2003, 05:39 PM
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We had something similar at work recently. If you're at work, you should immediately report it to the security dept. Chances are your internet usage is logged and you want to preempt getting canned. Follow their advice as to contacting the police. If you're at home, simply speak to the police (do not dial 999) - an email works best.
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Old 09-04-2003, 08:18 PM
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I don't normally hug strangers on the internet but *hugs*, LSD-25. That goes way beyond ruined day.
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Old 09-04-2003, 09:43 PM
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Call your local police.

Call a "report internet child porn" hotline for your area. They should also be able to help you.

Report it to the website's host if you can.

Your profile says you're in England. Here's a page I found. I know it's UK-based, but just call them anyway!

http://www.inhope.org/english/help/uk/hotline.htm
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Old 09-05-2003, 12:56 AM
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According to abuse.net, here's what to do - see under "Legal":
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Spam containing or advertising child pornography is illegal in most of the world under existing law. In the US, you can report suspected criminal activity to the Federal Bureau of Investigation via this form. You can also file child-pornography-specific reports with the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children here.
In Europe, it seems you can report it to Swedish Save the Children; this group is funded by the EU, and British Save the Children refers to it when asked how child pornography is best reported.
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Old 09-05-2003, 01:49 AM
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Pretty much every web host will have terms and conditions against this, so use www.samspade.com to find who that is, and send them an email.

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Old 09-05-2003, 06:05 AM
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Internet Watch is the site set up by the National Criminal Intelligence Service, who are the people that deal with child porn and international sex offences in Britain. Report your site there and something will be done immediately.
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