Tuesday, November 25, 2008
Reporting Suspected Child Pornography
Q: If you are aware of someone veiwing child pornography on their computer, should it reported and to who? At what point does this activity constitute a crime?

A:
Good question. Because of the global nature of child pornography throughout the internet, this can be difficult to track and locate. In addition, malware infections or hijackers may have infiltrated a computer and may be used to store files and act as a server without the user/PC owner being aware they are acting as a server!

Online child abuse includes: (a) searching for, sharing and downloading images of children being physically and sexually abused and (b) “grooming” children in chat rooms, for example, with the intention of committing sexual abuse both online and off.

Because these crimes usually cross international borders, the solution is international cooperation by law enforcement agencies.

A single point of contact website has been setup here for this purpose for all participating countries: www.inhope.org/
Look for the link to file a report. Then look for the link for your country.

In the USA, you can report child pornography and child abuse through the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children here: www.missingkids.com

You can also report child pornography websites to the Association of Sites Advocating Child Protection (ASACP) here: asacp.org/report.php

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