UN expert: child porn on Internet increases

Sep 16, 2009 By ELIANE ENGELER , Associated Press Writer

(AP) -- The number of Web sites containing child pornography is increasing and more images show serious abuses, a U.N. expert said Wednesday.

More than 4 million Web sites worldwide show images of children being sexually exploited, said the U.N. investigator on the sale of children, child prostitution and child pornography, Najat M'jid Maalla.

"There is an increase in the number of sites recorded," she told the U.N. Human Rights Council in Geneva, citing research by the U.K.-industry group Watch Foundation.

"The number of images showing serious exploitation quadrupled between 2003 and 2007, showing abject images of brutal rape, bondage, oral sex and other forms of debasement," Maalla said. She did not give precise figures.

Over 750,000 people are using child porn sites at any time, said Maalla, a Moroccan medical doctor who was appointed to the unpaid U.N. post last year.

Internet chat rooms have become the main method for child abusers to recruit children, she told the 47-nation council.

A study by the U.S. National Center on Missing and Exploited Children found 83 percent of people who had child pornography possessed images of children aged 6 to 12 years old, 39 percent had images of children between the ages of 3 and 5, and 19 percent had images of children younger than 3 years old, she said.

Maalla urged international cooperation to stop the child pornography industry, which she estimated to be worth between $3 billion and $20 billion. She recommended countries share information on sites containing child pornography in order to block them faster.

©2009 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

Explore further: Judge won't free Russian accused of hacking in US

add to favorites email to friend print save as pdf

Related Stories

Australia says Web blacklist combats child porn

Mar 27, 2009

(AP) -- Australia's communications minister has defended a proposed Internet blacklist as necessary to combat child pornography but admitted that at least one site had been wrongly blocked during trials.

Google eradicates pornography its own way

Jun 28, 2006

Google is showing signs of more resistance in complying with regulators even as rival providers are complying more with the federal government's guidelines.

Dot-xxx proposal under consideration

Mar 22, 2006

While legislative pressure has been revived to create a dot-xxx Internet domain in order to better filter pornographic Web sites, some groups, including the American Civil Liberties Union, think the idea would ...

Commentary: Of cyberporn and democracy

Dec 15, 2005

The U.S. is guilty of imperial hubris, say Bush administration detractors at home and abroad. Which means a blend of high-and-mightiness and high-hattedness. And the practitioners of this school of geopolitics are firmly ...

Recommended for you

US warns retailers on data-stealing malware

16 hours ago

US government cybersecurity watchdogs warned retailers Thursday about malware being circulated that allows hackers to get into computer networks and steal customer data.

Irish bookmaker apologizes for 2010 data breach

16 hours ago

(AP)—Irish betting company Paddy Power announced Thursday it is notifying hundreds of thousands of customers that most of their profile information was stolen in 2010, but hackers did not gain their credit card details ...

User comments : 0