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August 1, 2006

UK: Report reveals gangs utilizing child porn to boost profits

The Observer: New report shows gangs enjoy easy access to guns and judicial corruption
Mark Townsend, crime correspondent
Sunday July 30, 2006

Organised crime in the UK is increasing rapidly, with firearms and drugs easily obtained by underworld syndicates which are also moving into child pornography to swell profits, a government report reveals tomorrow.

The first analysis of the threat of criminal gangs to the UK by the Serious Organised Crime Agency (Soca) adds that corruption remains far from reforming offenders, prison now forms the 'basis for many later criminal collaborations'.

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Although attempts to crack down on child pornography have intensified, the report concludes that the number of active sex offenders in the UK remains unknown. However, evidence suggests numbers are growing, with the internet 'increasing the scale and reducing the risk' to perpetrators.

As the market has grown, intelligence reports reveal that major organized criminal networks are starting to move into child pornography. Recent trends monitored by police include the growing use of 'morphing', where images of children are altered by computer technology, while advances in internet technology have allowed 'real-time video coverage of abuse shown simultaneously to a number of viewers'. The US remains the host country for most illegal websites, although in the past year Japan has witnessed a sharp growth.


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