Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Ickiness Update

A few months ago I wrote a blog entry about a website I came across. It was about a mathematician, but I came across a "hidden" link and discovered that the site had dozens and dozens of pictures of girls, around the age of 7 or 8 or so, with no clothes on. Posed pictures where they were wearing makeup, standing in front of a backdrop.

Obviously I am aware that there are bad things on the internet, but I never expected to see that kind of creepiness suddenly jumping out at me from what I thought was a safe, tame site. Knowing something like that exists isn't the same as seeing it. It was upsetting.

Then I looked around for a place to report this site to, and had trouble finding anything. Every place I found online wanted to know specifics: names, addresses, etc., and I didn't have any of that. Who knows who these girls were, or when the pictures were even taken?

I did finally report it on the website for the Center for Missing and Exploited Children, but though I entered my email address and phone number I never heard anything back.

Then I looked at my hits for this blog, which went WAY UP after that post, and realized I was getting lots of hits from Google searches. BAD searches. I will not post the things these people were searching for, because I don't want my blog to show up any more. I had originally titled my blog entry after what these pics were called on the math site; let's just say it's a word that rhymes with "lymphet". After I saw what these creepy people were searching for (and ending up on MY blog) I edited my post to remove that word and re-titled my blog entry "The N-Word".

That's what our society needs, another "n" word.

Then I did a little research, and found out that these pictures were probably not even illegal, since the girls were not actually doing anything sexual. I can't imagine the person who could look at these pictures of children, posed under photographic lighting and in front of a backdrop, wearing makeup and no clothes, and NOT think it should be illegal. There was bad intent, clearly. Sexual intent, involving a CHILD.

A couple of weeks ago I checked the site again, and it's completely gone. I have no idea what happened, or if it had anything to do with my report. But since it's gone, I am going to consider it a happy ending. :)


  1. I kind of doubt I had anything to do with it. I'm just glad it's gone.


  2. Good news, that the site is now gone. There's an old saying (you probably can tell by now that I like old sayings ;)... "All it takes for evil to prevail is for a good person to do nothing." You took the trouble to report it and that is the opposite of nothing. Thanks for the update.

  3. this kind of thing is really scary. I have had some visitors who googled words, obviously looking for ill content, and somehow my name popped up! ha ha! My blog is hardly a place of misconduct, unless you count the occasional cat licking herself photo.

    I can imagine you were upset. I would be too. Whether the site was removed or just moved on, who knows, but at least you did the right thing and reported it.


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