You often hear about someone arrested for uploading and/or downloading child porn to/from a given website. But how often do you hear about such a site being shut down? Very rarely. Why? Because I believe that local and state police, the FBI, and international law enforcement agencies have conspired to keep these sites up and running in order to continue to pick off more users and traders of child porn. That sounds like it might be a noble concept, but it’s not. It’s comparable to letting a drug dealer stay in business in order to keep busting his customers. Except in this case we are not talking about letting drug dealers stay in business, we are talking about letting those who exploit children stay in business – which is much worse.
Thankfully, many search engine companies such as Google and Bing have decided to step up and do what law enforcement is apparently refusing to do. They will soon be removing child porn sites from search results, so that no matter what search term used, it will not return any child porn sites. Without new potential customers being able to find those sites, they will eventually be put out of business. Producers, traders, and users of child porn would then have to find some venue other than the Internet to get their thrills – no thanks to law enforcement.