Data from The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children suggest that child pornography is a multi-billion dollar industry and is among the fastest growing criminal segments on the Internet. And people all over the world play a role in its production and sharing. According to an article published at idsnews.com, a resident from Bloomington, Indiana pleaded guilty on Monday, June 6, 2011 to producing (and distributing) child pornography to individuals worldwide. There were more than 36 instances in which children were exploited that have been found thus far, the article continued, saying:
The investigation was “the most significant and extensive investigation” of the Indiana F.B.I., according to Mike Welch, a Federal Bureau of Investigation officer who assisted in the investigation. The investigation spanned seven years. He was charged in federal court and is facing anywhere from 15 to (over) one thousand years in prison.
I find it incredibly bizarre and terribly heartbreaking that the parents had no idea that their children were involved in such sick abuse. The individual apparently befriended the families (offering to babysit, etc) in order to get access to the children. Continue Reading →