Wednesday, February 08,
2012 at 06:16am
If there is a yardstick to measure cultural decay, the child pornography epidemic must register.
The federal police have warned that child pornography use is at sickening levels in Australia with paedophiles increasingly recording themselves molesting children before swapping the images with other abusers.
According to The Sydney Morning Herald, the head of the Australian Federal Police serious organised crime unit, Assistant Commissioner Kevin Zuccato, said where federal police would once have been overwhelmed by finding hundreds of images on a suspect’s computer, they are now finding hundreds of thousands and even millions.
The head of the federal police’s cyber-crime unit, Assistant Commissioner Neil Gaughan, told the newspaper there might have been no increase in the number of adults sexually assaulting children but, “we are seeing those sexual assaults being recorded, and those sexual assaults being uploaded onto the internet”.
“There’s no empirical evidence of an increase in child abuse, but we’re seeing an increase in the number of violent images that clearly have not been commercially made,” he said.
There was a 30 per cent jump, from 136 to 180, in the number of Australians arrested for child pornography offences last year compared with 2010.
Gaughan was cautious in his assessment of the alarming increase saying: “I think there’s two schools of thought here, one that there’s been a proliferation of the image-making and the image dissemination. There’s also a school of thought that the reason why we’re getting so many more referrals is that law enforcement and industry are working better together and we’re discovering a lot more.”
So, the technology is making it easier for paedophiles to amass their files of degradation and horror and law enforcement officers are working together more closely and cracking more criminal networks.
Cold comfort for the kids whose lives are being destroyed by these monsters of cyber space.
Meanwhile, the Australian arts community and so-called progressives are still ambivalent about the sexualisation of the young and innocent.
Their images are art when made by celebrity photographers but porn when manufactured in the back alleys of Asian crime capitals.
BY: CORRIE PERKIN AND LAUREN WILSON
From: The Australian
May 28, 2008 12:00AM
KEVIN Rudd's handpicked arts mentor Cate Blanchett yesterday co-signed an open letter urging the Prime Minister to rethink his public comments about artist Bill Henson's work.
"The potential prosecution of one of our most respected artists is no way to build a Creative Australia, and does untold damage to our cultural reputation," said the letter, which was also addressed to NSW Premier Morris Iemma and federal Arts Minister Peter Garrett.
"We should remember that an important index of social freedom, in earlier times or in repressive regimes elsewhere in the world, is how artists and art are treated by the state."
The move came as police ordered a Henson work in a staff office at the Newcastle Region Art Gallery be covered, the third NSW gallery to remove the respected artist's works from view after police intervention.
Albury City Council last week decided to take down three Henson pictures from the Albury Regional Art Gallery after a visit from police.
In Friday's raid on the Roslyn Oxley9 gallery in Paddington, police seized about 20 Henson works that depicted a nude teen.
They are investigating whether child pornography and obscenity charges should be laid but have not made it clear whether they will prosecute Henson or gallery owner Roslyn Oxley.
Members of the arts community yesterday continued to condemn the police action as censorship. One collector likened the confiscation of art works to book-burning in Nazi Germany.
Sue Curtis, an art and design consultant who has been collecting Henson's works for 20 years, told The Australian she was deeply upset for Henson.
Ms Curtis said she hoped no further Henson images would be removed from galleries. "I don't think it could possibly get to the stage where galleries or collectors who own Bill Henson's work would have to give them up," she said. "If it did, it would be like Nazi Germany's burning of the books."
Australian Commercial Galleries Association president Guy Abrahams last night defended galleries' right to show controversial art in the right context.
"Art galleries are special places like libraries and everyone would expect a library would contain all sorts of books, and we can view them as we please," Mr Abrahams said.
A Newcastle council spokeswoman said yesterday the Newcastle Region Art Gallery had owned four Henson photographs since the early 1990s. "We have never received any complaints about the work," she said.
Two of the photographs featured naked youths and were part of Strange Cargo, a travelling exhibition curated by the gallery that toured regional Australia over the past two years.
Detective Chief Inspector Peter Fox of Newcastle command said police received information from the Newcastle Herald newspaper that the gallery housed images by Henson like those seized in Paddington on Friday. "We worked with both council and the gallery (yesterday) morning," Inspector Fox said. "Both images have been removed and secured away from public or private viewing."
He said the images were removed from the gallery's website.
On Monday, Victorian police visited the National Gallery of Victoria to follow up a complaint about one of Henson's works, but the matter was dropped and no pictures were removed.
Additional reporting: Sarah Elks, AAP
"I guess its is difficult for the Australian Labor Party and the Progressives in the Left, to get too excited about Paedophilia, given the number of their own party and supporters who promote and practice it.
The UN treaties Australia has signed under their stewardship that promote and facilitate the practice under the guise of all values all cultures are equal. See the United Nations Rights of the Child.
Kevin 07 aka. Lee Kewan, was roundly condemned by Australias elites and beautiful, people including “One of the worlds most beautiful women” and Rudd government advisor and “futurest” soothsayer, Kate Blanchette, for speaking out against a Paedophile photographic exhibition in Sydney some months back, by photographer Bill Henson.
Poor Kevin has to spin the bumper sticker policies and phoney imagery of his Socialist Left, Chinese Communist Party backed ACTU funded Labor Party, occasionally the elite’s true heart and what they are prepared to defend is let out of the bag.
Why do Australians reel back when Paedophilia rears it’s ugly face..? that’s what ya dumb shits voted for, well ya got it, shut the fuck up or do something about it, demand that the Kevin 07 led Australian Labor Party does something about it.
Kevin 07 has never been too troubled about child rape though, so don’t hold your breath waiting for action from Kevin Rudd, see the Heiner Affair for his most infamous betrayal of Australian children."