Child Porn Booms on the Web

Jamie Doward in The Observer writes that "The number of websites found to be offering child pornography to UK internet users increased by 75 per cent last year amid fears of an explosion in illegal images generated overseas.

The sharp rise will alarm child protection campaigners and raise concerns that there has been a related increase in the number of people accessing child pornography sites."

He adds, "Last year the IWF investigated more than 24,000 tip-offs to its hotline from members of the public concerned about child pornography, a 40 per cent increase on the previous year's figure of 17,000. The foundation subsequently took action barring UK internet users from accessing more than 6,000 sites where it had discovered child pornography, compared with 3,438 sites the previous year, an increase of 75 per cent.

Less than 1 per cent of the sites were located in the UK, highlighting the success of the police and the IWF in countering domestically generated child pornography. But the fact that more than 99 per cent of the illegal images come from overseas raises questions about the ability of the UK authorities to extinguish the problem."