State Crime Operations Command Detective Acting Superintendent Peter Crawford said that possession and distribution of images depicting the sexual exploitation of children was not a victimless crime.“People who use the internet to collect and distribute these images extend the degradation of children and add a profit motive to their exploitation,” he said.“Task Force Argos, in partnership with other law enforcement agencies, will continue to place strong emphasis on detecting and prosecuting offenders who prey on the vulnerability of children by accessing the internet to satisfy their own sick obsessions,” Det Supt Crawford said.
Scattered throughout the world are many children who have unlimited and unsupervised access to the internet. A virtual smorgasboard for the perverted minds of people who prey on children of all ages to commit despicable acts . How many parents or caregivers really know what their charges are up to once they login to the net? Have witnessed online users , both male and female under the age of 17 mixing it with adults in chatrooms, inviting users to contact them and swap text, pictures, meet up. What hope is there when we have the parents themselves who go online and freely admit they are aware their children are entering these chatrooms. We all know the net is littered with perverts so to condone this kind of activity is only asking for trouble. I am not talking about the children who are sneaky and go online behind their parents back but the ones whose parents knowingly let their kids have free reign on the internet. Of course there can be no reasoning that validates what pedophiles do. One case that springs to mind is a man of 42 who thinks it is ok to let his 16 year old daughter sleep with his mates and tries to excuse it with "I don't mind, I know they will look after her". This young teen cruises the chatrooms, has severe case of potty mouth but the father laughs it off. The parents or caregivers that allow kids to trawl the net unsupervised are as disgusting as the pedophiles themselves and should face the full brunt of the law.