What is Child Pornography?
Child pornography is illegal visual material depicting sexual activity involving minors. It can be found in content such as videos, images, and texts. It is a serious offense in most countries and is classified by international law as harm to children. The legislation also applies to online child pornography and states that any person who distributes, finances, or produces such material is punishable by law.
Child Pornography and the Dark Web
The dark web is a network of computers and websites that can only be accessed through special software, such as Tor. It is often referred to as a ‘hidden’ or ‘inaccessible’ part of the internet, and is used for a variety of activities, including the buying and selling of illicit goods and child pornography. Unfortunately, the dark web has become a platform for the exploitation of children, with some sites dedicated solely to the production and distribution of child pornography.
Impacts of Child Pornography and Exploitation on the Dark Web
The dark web has become a site of destruction for many vulnerable children who are exploited for the production of this illegal material. It has terrible emotional and psychological repercussions for those involved, and leads to a damaging cycle that is extremely difficult to break out of. It also has a detrimental effect on law enforcement as it is difficult to track the perpetrators and to combat the issue.
In addition, the prevalence of child pornography and exploitation on the dark web is a huge threat to the safety of children, as most sites are anonymous, unregulated, and easily accessible. It also poses a challenge to society, as the availability of illegal material of this nature perpetuates an acceptance of the exploitation of minors.