This is what happens when you continue to look away.

An investigation by The New York Times took a deep look into the disturbing and horrifying explosion of pictures online of children being sexually abused.  This investigation found an insatiable criminal underworld that had exploited the flawed and insufficient efforts to contain the sick and twisted adults who post and seek out images and videos of children being tortured, raped and assaulted.

In 1998, there were over 3,000 reports of child sexual abuse imagery online.  In 2018, there were 18.4 million such reports, including over 45 million images and videos flagged as child sexual abuse.  “Law enforcement agencies devoted to the problem were left understaffed and underfunded even as they were asked to handle far larger caseloads.”

“[I]nstead of trying to crack down on this horrific epidemic, many people just choose to look the other way:

Some state lawmakers, judges and members of Congress have refused to discuss the problem in detail, or have avoided attending meetings and hearings when it was on the agenda, according to interviews with law enforcement officials and victims.

NYT: The Internet Is Overrun With Images of Child Sexual Abuse. What Went Wrong?

Lack of funding, lack of interest and expanding demands by sick fucks spells an explosion in child sex abuse and child pornography.  I think of people who knew or suspected what Frank Shelden and Gerald Richards were up to in the 1970’s and said nothing, and what neighbors of Chris Busch knew and kept to themselves.  Nice work allowing the sexual abuse of children to multiply due to your silence/complicity.

And keep your eyes wide open when you contemplate this article describing the open gate for pedophiles on “YouTube’s Digital Playground.”  (On YouTube’s Digital Playground, an Open Gate for Pedophiles, by Max Fisher and Amanda Taub, The New York Times, June 3, 2019.)  These sick fuckers are EVERYWHERE.  Thank you to a dear friend for sending these articles which are truly disturbing wake up calls.

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