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Children Are Only A Few Clicks Away From Being Exposed To Pornography on MySpace.com

Contact: Robert Peters, Morality in Media, 212-870-3222, 212-870-3210, mim@moralityinmedia.org

NEW YORK, Sept. 26 /Christian Newswire/ -- Morality in Media has published an article by retired Detective Lieutenant Tom Rodgers, describing the pornography problems he has observed on MySpace.com while investigating complaints submitted to www.ObscenityCrimes.org.

In 2002, MIM launched the www.ObscenityCrimes.org website to provide citizens with a means online to report violations of federal Internet obscenity laws. MIM forwards these complaints to the Justice Department’s Child Exploitation & Obscenity Section in Washington, D.C. and to U.S. Attorneys in each district where a report originated. To date, more than 60,000 reports from citizens in all 50 states have been submitted.

In 2002, MIM also retained the services of two retired law enforcement agents (both recognized experts in investigating pornography cases) to follow up on complaints submitted to the website. One of the retired agents, Tom Rodgers, has written an article about the pornography problems he has encountered on the very-popular-with-kids website, MySpace.com.

The article, "Children Are Only A Few Clicks Away From Being Exposed To Pornography on MySpace.com," is now published At ObscenityCrimes.org.

In his article, Mr. Rodgers states (in part): “MySpace.com is a site where ordinary people can find other people with similar interests and post information on blogs regarding a variety of subjects. It is sort of a cyber social club. People can go there for free and research information on all kinds of ordinary subjects like films, music, forums, comedy, classifieds, and more. They can also view pornographic pictures and videos, and children are only a few clicks away from being exposed to pornography at MySpace.

“Since May 2, 2004, MIM has received approximately one hundred and sixty complaints from ordinary citizens about MySpace.com. This includes complaints where children have been exposed to unwanted “porn spam” or to pornography while searching for other content and complaints where children have knowingly exhibited pornography on their own web sites. 

“Curious onlookers were also subjected to unwanted graphic sexual acts..."
“Many Myspace web pages also have direct links to commercial pornographic web sites...”

Note to editors: Tom Rodgers is available for interviews