Could the present scourge of child pornography have reached epidemic proportions because we have ignored other aspects of sexual exploitation? (3/29, A-1, “Big gains in finding little victims”)
Author and sex-addiction expert Mark Laaser and others note the phenomenon of escalation with regard to pornographic material. A viewer who was once stimulated by “tame” material becomes bored with that material, needing more graphic or deviant material to reach previous arousal. Applied to the deviance of child porn, one has to wonder if we would be where we are if obscenity laws had been enforced over the last six decades.
Since 1953, when Playboy crawled out of the gutter and into the living room, the pattern of escalation toward more deviant material is undeniable. What will follow child pornography as this cycle continues?
I wish the child porn sleuths would put as much emphasis on eliminating the access to this stuff on the Internet as they do finding and prosecuting the guys who produce, promote and download the images.
International law enforcement should put their efforts into getting worldwide cooperation to eliminate child porn on the Web, much like the Federal Communications Commission does to enforce proprietary and moral issues over the U.S. public airways.
Eliminate the child porn Web sites so there are none available for Internet users. This way there would be no cyberspace sources for child porn.