Yesterday Google and Microsoft (which operates Bing and Yahoo search engines) announced that they will reprogram their search engines to block more than 100,000 unique terms / phrases associated with illegal child pornography. When a term is searched that is associated to child abuse a clear warning message from Google and child safety organizations will appear explaining the consequences of the searcher’s actions and pointing them toward expert help. (See numerous articles below)
This reprogram proposal to protect children, to stop them from being re-victimization by having their abuse viewed time-and-time-again is ONLY being implemented in
future European countries to follow in the next 6 months. Britain
Why not in the
? United States
Why would Google
U.S. and Microsoft not join in the prevention of
illegal child pornography from being viewed, shared and distributed across the
Some Americans may complain such action is censorship.
Some may complain these filters will block legal materials from being accessed.
But I believe the
joining in on this initiative for one reason, MONEY. U.S.
When it comes to criminal offenses, sexual offenses although a very small percentage of the overall crime rate are considered the most heinous and deserve the most severe punishment (according to Lawmakers and Victim’s Advocates). Even though the recidivism rate for sexual conviction is the second lowest of all crimes.
Every year new laws are proposed and passed in the
there are State laws (50 states) and there are Federal laws ( ).
Some crimes can overlap and be charged as State and Federal, like with Child
Pornography and Human Trafficking. Resulting in State and Federal Legislators
attempting to out-do each other in proposing and passing harsher, longer and
more expansive laws. Washington, D.C.
In 2013 for
the #1 proposed bills
was “Sex Offender” related bills, including Child Pornography. Virginia
Funding for Victim’s Rights, Children Safety and Internet Crimes Against Children Taskforces /ICAC (including on-line sting operations) come from both State and Federal Departments. Every year new grants are created and funded to not just support these initiatives but to expand them. MONEY.
Mandatory minimums aren’t just a problem with drug convictions but they are beyond excessive when it comes to sexual offenses. Currently viewing, possessing and distributing child pornography carry much harsher sentences than producing (being the person who physically abused the child), manufacturing and selling of child pornography. Mandatory minimums guarantee prison beds will be filled for a certain amount of time and right now the viewers outnumber the producers/ abusers. Keeping DOC employees (Prison, Probation, Parole) employed. MONEY.
Crime Victim Compensation, Asset Forfeiture and Victim Restitution / Reparations are expanding and increasing every year in Child Pornography convictions, more than any other crime in the
If the U.S. Government really wanted to stop the distribution and viewing of child pornography on-line, the fastest and most effect path would be to find the owners of these websites, to shut-them down and to prosecute THEM, not their customers / members.