Report says Canadian web servers are playing host to child porn websites

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WINNIPEG - A study by a Winnipeg-based organization dedicated to online exploitation found Canadian servers were hosting dozens of websites selling child pornography.
The report by Cybertip.ca looked at over 15,000 websites containing child porn. According to the report, Canada has the second-highest number of servers hosting pornographic content featuring children.
"As strong as our laws are within Canada, no country is really free from this type of material existing on websites," said Signy Arnason, director of Cybertip.ca. "We have 60 countries...that were hosting child sexual abuse content."
The national tipline takes telephone and Internet tips on child abuse images and online luring. Arnason said two people prepared the report over the last eight months, based on information collected by the organization from 2002 until March 2009.
The report included an analysis of 800 websites where pornographic pictures of children were sold. Servers in the United States hosted 65 per cent of the websites, followed by Canada with eight per cent of the websites - though the photos may be taken somewhere outside the country.
Other countries hosting the websites included Russia (5.6 per cent), Netherlands (2.9 per cent) and Germany (1.8 per cent), says the report. Over 50 per cent of the websites take credit cards from people wanting to purchase the photos.
The report also analyzed 4,000 child porn pictures on those websites. Researchers found the vast majority of the images - about 82 per cent - featured children younger than 12.
Arnason said one of the report's recommendations is to create international standards requiring people making websites to provide more personal information to register their domains.
"The goal is to get that information to be valid so that when you're trying to track down who is the originating owner of the site, you have a better chance of finding who that person is," she said. "There's no international standard for that."
The report also calls for more research on specific search terms and words used on child pornography websites to attract customers.
The report can be accessed at protectchildren.ca.

Geographic location: Canada, WINNIPEG, United States Russia Netherlands Germany

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