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Initially, the hotline took action only on material that was from Dutch territory. Eventually they felt compelled to take some action against foreign distributors of child pornography. 245 Internet Meldpunt Kinderporno issued their first annual report in 1997. In their first year they received 256 reports.

Statistics of Year One (June 1996-June 1997) Internet Meldpunt Kinderporno (Internet Hotline Against Child Pornography)246

Locations of Child Pornography

Number

Resolution

Web Sites

17

Eleven were determined not to violate the criminal code; 6 cases removed, 2 cases reported to police

Netherlands Newsgroups

32

Invalid email addresses prevented warnings; 14 cases reported to police, 2 arrests, 1 case being investigated

Reports from abroad

7

Material originated mostly from Japan, seriousness of material warranted 7 reports to police

Internet Relay Chat (IRC)

16

IRC user’s identity and material do not remain on the Internet, so no investigation possible

Email

82

Seventy-two reports referred to 2 mass mailings: “Child fun” (child pornographic videos) did not originate in the Netherlands, US FBI traced the sender and arrested the person; Pakistani boys were offered in a mass mailing that originated in the Netherlands. Police were able to trace sender who “received a great deal of trouble.” In a third case, the sender was traced by police and arrested.

Bulletin Board Services (BBS)

4

One case checked, material not illegal

Other

98

These reports did not include enough information to trace the posting or web site.

Total

256

The Internet Meldpunt Kinderporno concluded that the amount of child pornography on the Internet originating in the Netherlands was “not substantial.” The Hotline claimed it was 100 percent effective. 247

Predators and pimps on the Internet like the Dutch approach because it gives them an opportunity to disappear if they get caught before police action will be taken. The following quote is from a pedophile who wrote to the PedoWatch Web site to complain about their harsh policy of immediately turning over information about predators to law enforcement officials, “I feel the Dutch way is quite a good way. The poster gets warned

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