A coordinated sting among several countries, including the United States, Germany, and Britain, resulted in the arrest of 337 suspects across the world who gained access to ‘Welcome to Video,’ one of the world’s largest child pornography website.
‘Welcome to Video’ had been accessed by deviants using the Dark Web, websites that are accessed only through encrypted online content, and paying in Bitcoin, a cryptocurrency.
Britain’s National Crime Agency noted that this child pornography website, “monetized the sexual abuse of children and was one of the first to offer sickening videos for sale using the cryptocurrency bitcoin.”
Jong Woo Son, a 23-year-old South Korean national, was indicted on nine felony counts by the United States Justice Department. Among the hideous child pornagraphy videos included the raping of a five-year old boy, the sexual abuse of a three-year old girl, and the rape and abuse of a baby, according to MercoPress.
Trump Leads the Charge
While campaigning for United States President in 2016, Donald Trump vowed to lead a fight in the sexual exploitation of children. He signed a pledge written by Enough is Enough, a bipartisan group that has been fighting the expolitation of child pornography since 1994.
In the pledge, President Trump vowed to, “uphold the rule of law by aggressively enforc[ing] existing federal laws to prevent the sexual exploitation of children online, including the federal obscenity laws, child pornography laws, sexual predation laws and the sex trafficking laws.”
In April of 2018, President Trump signed the Fight Online Sex Trafficking Act and the Stop Enabling Sex Traffickers Act (FOSTA-SESTA). This bill led to the closure of several on-line sex-for-pay webistes, like CityVibe.com and NightShift.com.
Although these were adult sites, the signature of the bill signaled that President Trump was ready to put the fight against child pornography into overdrive.
Child Pornography Arrests Rise
Since Donald Trump took Presidential Office in 2017, there has been a rise in the arrests of child pornography offenders. According to NewsWest9, “the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC) received over 18.4 million reports through their cyber tipline.” Between 1998 and 2008, the NCMEC’s tip line received 565,000 total calls.
Many high-profiled cases have recently emerged in the last few years pertaining to child pornography and trafficking. Recently deceased Jeffrey Epstein had been arrested and charged with federal crimes pertaining to federal sex trafficking, including females under the age of 18.
For years, rumors circulated that high-profiled individuals took Epstein’s 727, dubbed the ‘Lolita Express’, to partake in illegal sexual activities with under-aged females on Epstein’s ‘Orgy Island.’
The upstate New York NXIVM sex cult was exposed in early 2019. Led by leader, Keith Reniere, the NXIVM cult manipulated and forced women to have sex in the cult activities. Yet, Reniere also had ‘sexual relationships with children and produced kiddie porn of it,’ according to the New York Post.
Child pornography has been a problem for many years. Thankfully, Donald Trump has decided to take a stand to this problem.