Where is it all?

October 10, 2007

In doing research for this blog I read dozens of news stories about child porn cases each week. I routinely search Google and Technorati with variations of child + porn. Pssst! Wanna know a secret? I haven’t encountered a website that seems to seriously offer child porn for sale or for free. Not once. Notice how I said seriously. In my research have found two websites that purported to have child porn for sale. But I considered both of those sites to be virtually screaming honeypot! setup! sting!

Some of the news stories I read talk about how many websites offer child porn, or how the child porn problem is exploding. But my efforts to find any hard figures to backup these claims have hit mostly dead ends.

Then imagine my surprise at the claim made by Dr. Laura Berman in a Yahoo blog post

However, as of August 21st {2007}, I discovered five child porn Web sites that offered Visa and MasterCard as a form of payment.

She must really know how to use Google. That’s a joke. I’m sure she used Yahoo’s search engine for her research. Maybe that’s my problem, I’m Googling when I should be Yahooing!

I wonder if she knows how to sniff out a sting operation, or if she’s delving into an area far outside her field of expertise. She won’t give the URLs (to “protect the children” of course) so no one can try to verify her claim. Does she think her readers would all go running off to join those child porn websites ASAP?