At 9/26/10 12:15 AM, poxpower wrote:
At 9/25/10 08:44 PM, Ravariel wrote:
Or do you actually think that #1 and #3 that I mentioned before are the only reasons, EVAR, that people make CP?Well like I said, how many are actually inspired by that? Because child porn has been an industry for a lot longer than the internet has. Did it get way worse because of the internet?
That's... a good question. My gut says yes, but I don't know that for certain. The effect that the internet has had on other industries related to film, video, and images (see: youtube, etc) would point to a bigger CP problem, but who knows. Again, this is one of those things that is hard to study, due to the illegality of actually viewing the material in question. I can't imagine the gummn't allowing immunity for some college guy to look at CP to determine if the internets are causing the instances to boom.
Or are there other factors that affect it about a billion times more, like crime rate, sexual education, poverty, mental therapies etc.
I'm sure those do, indeed, effect the availability and production. Especially considering that countries like Thailand and Eastern Europe, some of the poorest countries with good access to technology are the hotbeds of the CP industry. This really would be a wonderful (and terrible) avenue of study for an anthropologist.
If going after everyone who has child porn online "prevents" like 5 kids from getting raped but jails 4000 people and wastes 20 million dollars or something, then it's clearly a waste of time.
I suppose that depends on your definition of "wasted". I agree that our current policies are kind of ridiculous. Charging a 14-year old who sexted her boyfriend with possession and distribution of CP is retarded. Full stop. I think Penn and Teller did a show about something exactly like this, where a kid was put on the Sex Offender registry because a friend of him forwarded him such a picture. However, I'm sure there is some sort of mens rea statute that could be implemented that can discern between those who dl'ed the wrong thing on accident, and those who are seeking it out on purpose.
Hell, I've argued before that CP should be legal. Based mostly on the fact that only in this instance is the image of a crime itself a crime, which could be stuck under 14th amendment inequality, and also 1st amendment issues of free speech (mostly in this regard to actual artistic images of children who happen to be naked, and films of nudist gatherings, etc). It's one of those almost-devil's-advocate things, where I can honestly see both sides, and agree with both of them, and don't really know where the law should stand to give us a truly fair system.
Unless someone's paying them for it.
Well, that's another can of worms all together.