Upwards of 600,000 Americans are Actively Trading Child Pornography Online
And around 65,000 Canadians. The story is about three years old so who knows what the numbers are at the moment but I have a sneaking suspicion that if anything they’ve gone up.
From Lifesite News:
Police officers said at a press conference Thursday that the sweep led to the arrest of 31 child sex offenders between the age of 14 and 60, as well as the rescue of two young victims, a 4-year-old boy and 12-year-old girl. The maximum jail time for creating and distributing child pornography is ten years, with five years for possessing images.
But the “huge” bust has hardly put a dent in the actual child pornographer population – which officials estimate at a staggering 600,000 in the U.S., and 65,000 in Canada. The profits for creating and trading images of often-violent sexual abuse of children, toddlers, and infants amount to an estimated $2- to $3-billion each year.
The child pornography unit of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) believes the 65,000 figure is very low, as 40,000 computers in Ontario alone are known to be used to access child porn.
“The OPP is arresting about 75 of these offenders a year, when we know there are tens of thousands of them,” said Inspector Andy Stewart in a Canadian press report, also calling the 65,000 estimate “very conservative.”
“We’re never going to be in a position to arrest our way out of this,” he said.
And if the Canadians are having problems catching their paltry 65,000 imagine what’s going on with our over half million.