Catching your child watching pornography is the horror of all parents and a death sentence or the child itself. Pornography itself has given us a vague impression of how a sex works, and even though knowing these young men still download shady pornography from shady websites.
It’s as if they hope that all those porn stars will jump out of the screen one day and congratulate him for being patient for so long.
And it is due to this shady collection – and making – of pornography that Project Spade was launched by the Toronto Police Service Child Exploitation service.
Project Spade was a three year project to catch child sex abuse offenders and began when undercover police officers made contact with a Toronto man who shared explicit images of child sexual abuse with the police department on Oct 2010.
One thing led to another and police investigation revealed an entire underground system of child sex abusers running a child pornography production and distribution company in Toronto by the name of azovfilms.
The mission abode well and successfully – and thankfully – 400 children have been rescued and 348 adults have been arrested.
The news was covered by NBC.
The investigation was carried out in 50 countries, including Australia, Spain, Mexico, Sweden and Greece. So far, 58 people were arrested in Canada, 50 in Ontario, 76 in USA and 164 internationally.
What is particularly horrifying is that 350,000 images and over 9,000 videos of child pornography was confiscated in the home of a retired Canadian school teacher. Creepily, some of the images were of children known to the man.
This is one example. Alarmingly, some of the many people arrested worked closely with children and among the arrested were 40 school teachers, 9 doctors and nurses, 9 pastors, 6 police officers and 3 foster parents.
Inspector Jonna Beaven-Desjardins said in a press release, “[This] confirms that when we work together regardless of the borders that divide us we can successfully take down those who not only prey on our most vulnerable but also profit from it.”
This generation is all about sex, porn, addiction and again about sex (perhaps too much) but ethical boundaries have been crossed. Project Spark again puts us in the dilemma regarding pornography; should there be a ban on pornography? Have things gone too far? And is this just playing with our lives for the worst?
Some people have maintained that pornography is an expression of human sexuality; it’s a form of creativity, a form of art and therefore it shouldn’t be repressed. Others argue that it promotes abnormal behavior and should be avoided at all costs.
Unfortunately, eight in ten teenagers have watched porn, according to a UK survey, which leads to a virtual sense of sexuality that doesn’t exist in reality and damages the child’s future sex life.
Whatever the reason, one thing’s for sure; pornography is to young men what Barbie dolls have remained for so long to young girls. It depicts a false image of the body and of sexuality and in both cases, it is young girls who pay the price.
But now many young people are perfectly aware of sexuality who have come forward to openly talk about sex and relationships. According to a survey, many of them echoed that not enough support was given to them regarding sex and relationships. But most importantly, not enough specialists were there who knew how to make sex education interesting.
In short, we cannot feel safe in our neighborhood knowing that the man next door is running a business on child sexual abuse.