Evidence: How Pedophiles Operate on Facebook
We do not intend to offend you nor do we want to re-victimize these children. However, we must continue to exhibit the evidence in order to motivate those who care enough to take real action. From elected officials, to law enforcement professionals, the reaction to this evidence is universal: ”This is on Facebook?” they ask, shocked at every image. Yes, it is. And the evidence is undeniable.
Not only is it “on” Facebook, but there are thousands of Facebook “Profiles” with thousands of images and videos that are no more than a few clicks away for ANY Facebook visitor.
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Because of the sheer volume, a lot of the Facebook account shutdowns are done automatically, with no human intervention. In the example Sullivan provided, the system might notice that a lot of friend requests are being sent to teenage girls and disable the account. However, if an account that tripped off some flags and got automatically shut down was also posting child pornography that PhotoDNA did not detect, no human would see it and it would consequently not get reported to law enforcement. It’s possible that the failure to report some of this material is related to this, rather than willfully ignoring the law.
According to translated news stories, Paolo Ghelardini was sentenced to 12 years for his extensive collection of child pornography. Although he’d also bragged about sexually assaulting children, it was apparently impossible to prosecute him for that. Nevertheless, he’s apparently claiming that 12 years is too harsh and filing an appeal. I wonder if they could reconsider and give him a longer sentence?
This guy says, “I made a preteen group before and was blocked by some kind of freak.” Gotta love the way that his concept of “freak” apparently means “someone who does not like child pornography.”
Here are some screencaps gathered over the past couple of weeks. As you can see, some of the user name choices aren’t too subtle.
Facebook’s apparently gotten smarter about “PTHC” as an interest, so some users we saw are now listing “Pthc.littlegirls.9″ as an interest.
Ray Gould — presumably as in “R@ygold.”
Paolo Ghelardini, who was arrested this spring, has been formally indicted in Romania. According to news accounts, he had over 9500 child pornography images and 1000 videos. At this point, he has not been charged with production.
He allegedly had 19 different Facebook accounts, and was apparently active between January 2010 and May 2011.
According to court documents, Robin Pagoria filed for bankruptcy in 2009. Christopher Lobban, the Australian man she was involved with online, is reportedly wealthy. It’s quite possible that Lobban’s wealth made him more attractive to Pagoria, just as her access to minors may have made her more interesting to him than she otherwise would have been.
Given that Pagoria had apparently found spanking sexually stimulating from an early age and had also been spanked as a child, it may have been easier for her to rationalize her actions as “discipline.” In fact, if she’d done what the woman in the cartoon below had done, she might not have been charged at all.
Christopher Donald Lobben, from Mullaloo in Western Australia, faces possible extradition to Polk County, Florida in the Robin Pagoria case. According to news stories, Lobben allegedly told Pagoria how to make a “spanking table” and encouraged her to videotape herself severely beating two naked girls with a paddle.
Florida still permits corporal punishment in schools and a number of books on child-rearing advocate spanking, with the more extreme “Christian” ones recommending doing it on bare buttocks.
The good news is that Facebook has shut down the profile below. The bad news is that “Ben Thomes” has come back with a new profile picture that’s so foul that I can’t screencap or link to it. (It was, of course, reported to Cybertipline.) PhotoDNA may indeed be an improvement over the previous approach, but it does not seem to be a silver bullet.
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