FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Joan Irvine, ASACP
Tel: (323) 965-1400
New ASACP Hotline Report Reveals Child Pornography Data & Trends
Los Angeles, CA (September 13, 2010) The Association of Sites Advocating Child Protection (ASACP) has released a new document entitled ASACP Hotline Report – Online Child Pornography: Data & Analysis.
The new report is based upon data compiled by ASACP’s child pornography reporting hotline between 2005 and 2009. It features statistics on hosting and payment processing services used by child pornography (CP) websites, as well as ASACP’s analysis of statistical trends, and recommendations for fighting CP in the future.
Tim Henning, ASACP Vice President of Technology and Forensic Research, oversaw production of the new report. “By publicly sharing ASACP hotline data,” he explained, “we hope to support the efforts of many other organizations worldwide that fight CP. It’s only by collaborating that we can make progress towards eventually eliminating CP entirely.”
Highlights of the report include:
• A breakdown of various channels by which CP is marketed and distributed
Ages of victims
• Common geographical locations of servers hosting CP
• Payment schemes used by CP operators
• Increased frequency of non-website CP circulated via file sharing and other direct means
The ASACP report also concurs with a recent Department of Justice report to Congress that found child pornography to be unrelated to adult pornography. This finding was borne out by forensic analysis of CP images, as well as by ASACP Hotline data.
Founded in 1996, ASACP is a non-profit organization dedicated to eliminating child pornography from the Internet. ASACP also works to help parents prevent children from viewing age-restricted material online, with its Restricted to Adults (RTA™) label.
The new ASACP Hotline Report may be found at http://asacp.org/whitepaper/ASACP-whitepaper-9-10-2010.pdf.