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The Face of Child Porn

Identifying the People Guilty of Child Pornography
Either you are a parent or just a concerned person who wants to learn about child crimes, it is a prerogative to know more about child pornography. This particular offense directed towards children is a very complex practice. It may involve several people and liability can be directed not only to those who produce the pornographic material but to anyone who has in one way or another contributed something to it.   If your child is a victim of pornography or if you know someone who has been a victim, knowing the different types of pornography offenders is vital in court. The purpose...
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Child pornography is the modern version of child abuse. For years, children have been subjects of different abuses and molestation and the latest among them is pornography. But unlike traditional exploitation, it does not usually include physical contact with the victim, but rather focuses on visual depiction of the child who is forced or deceived to perform a specific kind of sexual act.

 

The most vital piece in implicating a pornographer is the pornographic material. If we try to dig in deeper, we’ll see that there are actually two types – homemade and commercial. The sad reality about child pornography is that it is rapidly becoming a profitable business. This means that many individuals are now producing the material with the intent of selling it.

 

The main characteristic of homemade material is that it is usually not distributed. Most of the victims are children and teens from the neighborhood that are deceived, forced, manipulated, or bribed by pedophiles or child sex offenders who seek to keep the material for them or perhaps pass it to fellow offenders. But the main thing is there is no intention of selling or distributing it. Because of the level of secrecy of the production, it is pretty hard for police and authorities to detect and find out the exploitation. And without the confession from the victim, it is almost impossible to build a case.

 

Commercially produced pornographic material on the other hand weighs more heavily on the victim. Because it is made with the objective of selling it to potential customers, there is large money and profit involved. If the victims of homemade material are innocent, forced, and deceived to participate, then the majority of them come to accept it with freewill. Most of them are runaways who need to find money, shelter, and food for themselves in order to survive.

 

Risk Factors

You have to accept it - every particular child in America is susceptible to child pornography. There is no distinct or specific class or gender targeted, so it means that whether your kid is a girl or boy, there’s a chance he/she will be victimized.

 

There are so many reasons why a child or teen becomes involved in the crime. One of them is inherent innocence. Because of young age, children are innocent enough to be lured and deceived by criminals. By giving presents and promising more, pornographers can easily get children or teenagers to succumb to temptation and in no time, offenders start to exploit them for pornography.

 

Aside from being innocent, children lack the confidence that comes from life experience. Because of that, instilling fear to them is very easy. Through fear, victims are forced to do pornography that’s against their will. What’s equally disturbing is that after being victimized, the majority of them do not have the courage to confess about the abuse because of the same fear instilled onto them.

Furthermore, being a runaway is another common risk factor. Running away from home can be attributed to certain reasons that include domestic violence and abuse, poverty, neglect, and rebellion.

 

When a child is sexually abused or molested at home, running away is the last resort to escape the pain and trauma. But as she decides to make it out on the streets, she loses her childhood because she’s forced to look for her own food and shelter. No one provides her with care and the rights she’s entitled to have and in order to survive, she needs the help of others. Because of this need, people start to manipulate and use her for exploitative purposes like using her for child pornography.

 

The same situation goes with reasons of poverty, neglect, and rebellion. As soon as a child leaves home, she becomes a lot more vulnerable to abuse and exploitation. It is very unfortunate that more American children are actually suffering this issue without the general public knowing about it.

 

Child and teen runaways are not the sole risk factor in child pornography. Another one is constant and unguided exposure to the internet. Children these days prefer spending most of their time facing the computer and browsing the web than going to school and making friends outside. As a result, they become a lot more prone to online exploitation such as pornography and sextortion. The lack of monitoring and attention from their parents result in higher chances for children subjected to different kinds of abuse and exploitation. Additionally, the problem with it is that it’s pretty hard to identify the signs of abuse since children usually conceal their web activities  for fear of being banned or controlled by their parents.

In the end, there’s really no perfect means of preventing pornographers from victimizing our children. The best thing a parent can do is allot a significant time for their children. Kids need attention the most and without it, they become a lot more defenseless against exploitation. A strong family unit that communicates openly and without judgment is a young person’s best defense.


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