In today’s sex-soaked media, it was gratifying to see a leading champion of unrestricted sexual freedom, the New York Times, going bonkers about the wickedness of pornography. The headline summarises its graphic, scrupulously researched and highly disturbing article: “The Internet Is Overrun With Images of Child Sexual Abuse. What Went Wrong?”
The figures it cites are appalling. In 1998, sexual abuse imagery was “reported” more than 3,000 times. Ten years later, that number had risen to 100,000. In 2014, it was 1 million. Last year, 2018, it was 18.4 million. The figures are a bit elastic, of course. It’s not clear what a “report” is and much of the increase is simply due to scanning by technology platforms like Facebook and Google.
But the trend is crystal clear. The use of child pornography is going up and up and up. As reported by the Times, demand seems to be insatiable.
At the extreme end, images are becoming ever more perverse, graphic and sadistic. The Times describes a handful of them in stomach-churning detail.
But the second half of the headline was “What Went Wrong?” And this is where its analysis falls apart.