[Trigger warning for rape, pedophilia, child molestation]
All of the news and tech sites have been in a fluster over an e-book on Amazon titled The Pedophiles Guide to Love & Pleasure: a Child-Lover’s Code of Conduct. Originally, Amazon defended the title despite the media pushback, saying that they support the right of consumers to make their own purchasing decisions. That’s like saying that web hosts support the right of internet users to make their own web browsing decisions and allowing instructional terrorist guides. Either way, Amazon pulled the book after all, in response to a potential boycott and the book is now nowhere to be found on Amazon.
This couldn’t have come at a more coincidental time. Last week, I had a horrific Facebook experience that might have scarred me for life. I have an alternate Facebook account that I use for playing social games. I have over 2,000 friends there, people who I trade FarmVille nails and boards with and befriend for the purpose of playing social games. I don’t know these people in real life, and I accept any friend request that comes in. I don’t share any personal information, not even my real name. Last week, amongst the requests for helping to build FarmVille barns and adopt lost animals, some child pornography showed up in my Facebook newsfeed. I’m not talking about that creepy kind of porn where women who are obviously 21+ are wearing pigtails and school uniforms. I’m talking, these were children younger than 10 doing things that children should never be doing.
I wanted to just close the browser and run away screaming, but I needed to report this guy. I clicked on his profile and saw that his entire profile was FILLED with these kind of pictures. His latest status said “I’m sharing some pictures to prove that I’m not a cop, who has more pics to trade?” and he had albums and albums of these pictures. I reported him twice, because the first time I selected “nudity” and the second time I selected “illegal activity”. Then I noticed that all of his posts had dozens of “likes”. Who the hell would like these posts? I had to know. And that’s when I dove into treacherous territory for the sake of reporting as many pedophiles as I could. This guy had OVER 600 FRIENDS who were just as perverse as he is. I’m talking the most disgusting and vile profile content, the most illegal pictures I have ever seen. Chances are I could get arrested simply for having these images in my browser cache, but you better believe I reported every single one of these people to Facebook and then promptly cleared my cache. These guys were all saying they had thousands of pictures to trade. “Real Pictures”, they claimed.
This completely broke my heart. I have no idea who these children are. These weren’t just nude pictures of children, they were pictures of kids being raped and forced to rape other kids. Little precious kids. Were they kidnapping victims? Were they being babysat at the time? Did they trust and love the person taking these pictures? Are these their fathers and mothers who are posting these pictures? Who are these kids, and how can they be saved? These questions were flying through my head as I was spam clicking “report” on all these profiles.
What freaks me out, is that I stumbled across this guy randomly who connected me to all these other people. This was just ONE ring of these people. For every one I found, I bet there are hundreds on Facebook. I’m not even going to go on a limb and blame Facebook, these people are all over the internet. I’ve done my research on this in the past, if you want to connect with pedophiles on the web it is astonishingly mind-blowingly easy to do so. That scares the shit out of me. This isn’t a social network problem, this is a worldwide problem. In Facebook’s credit, all of these profiles were banned within 5 minutes of me reporting them. That’s some fast turnaround time.
The rest of this post is not to draw attention to these sites and people so that pedophiles can connect with them. It’s to prove that with a simple Google search for “boylove” (which is a common term that pedophiles use to refer to their perversions) can bring up thousands and thousands of sites. [Warning: All of these links are NSFW and disgusting and not recommended for clicking] There are organizations like the North American Man/Boy Love Association (NAMBLA) who defends pedophilia as a “mutually consensual relationship between men and boys”. There are message boards for these people. There are “Christian” message boards for these people. There are pages of resource links. There are websites that claim to be “by boylovers for boylovers”. There is an entire wiki dedicated to exposing these “pro-pedophilia” websites which also outs known pedophiles who are frequenting websites and writing their own blogs.
And guess what? Amazon might have banned ONE pedophile book, but there many many more on Amazon. One that has been frequently boycotted in the past is Viamund the Boy-Love Vampyre Says.. which is a sick poetry book written by a member of NAMBLA. Or Understanding Loved Boys and Boylovers. Or Adam and the Paradise Garden: A Boy-Love Novel. And all the wealth of erotic boylove fiction? There are over 60 more books on Amazon just with the term “boylove”. And don’t get me wrong, there are just as many “GirlLover” websites and books out there which focus on grooming and primping female children into pedophilia.
Maybe I’m completely in the wrong for posting all these links. But you know what? I found them in 5 minutes after seeing the names of the websites on these creepy pedophile Facebook profiles. They are all over Google. They are all over the web. All this focus on banning this one book is a good start, but there are hundreds and thousands more out there. The internet is a truly disgusting place if you wade into unfamiliar territory. This unfamiliar territory was forced upon me by accidentally accepting a friend request from someone on Facebook that I didn’t know. I have now seen things that I can never, ever, possibly un-see. You hear about this stuff on the news, you read about it on CNN, but you never ever expect to come face to face with it.
What can be done? Most of these sites are self-hosted so you can’t attack the web host. They hide behind their “freedom of speech” and their strength in numbers and their internet anonymity, and they are self contained and fed emotionally by other pedophiles who feel the same way they do. They are on YouTube and Facebook and Blogger and MySpace. These are predators who often are on parole or suspensions due to previous acts of molestation or child pornography, and they’re easily accessible on the internet. After seeing what I saw, I can understand parents keeping their children away from the internet while unsupervised. If I had seen those images when I was a child, I would have been scarred even worse than I am now.