If you haven’t seen the latest from Independent Journal Review (IJR), in a recent interview with Mike Rock, a former U.S. Army Green Beret-turned-computer forensic analyst for the Department of Homeland Security, they asked questions and received some very graphic (yet very important) answers to questions concerning child pornography.
As difficult as they may be, they’re answers that every parent needs to be made aware of. Before diving into the thick of things, here’s a brief background on Rock:
- He spent ten years in the U.S. Army, four of which were as a Green Beret.
- As a Green Beret, he helped hunt down high-value targets in Afghanistan.
- After a while, the missions had taken their toll and Rock medically retired from the military in 2014.
- The seven-month transition from military to civilian life was difficult.
- Rock was told about the H.E.R.O. Child-Rescue Corps, a non-profit, anti-child crime organization of military veterans that’s partnered with The National Association to Protect Children, U.S. Immigrations Customs and Enforcement, and U.S. Special Operations Command.
- After a 10-month unpaid internship, he joined the Department of Homeland Security as a computer forensic analyst, specializing in finding child porn.
Per IJR, here are some direct quotes from Rock:
Disclaimer: The following information is extremely graphic and may upset some readers.
“I’ve watched videos from newborns to teenagers getting molested or sexually assaulted. One of the most horrifying videos I ever saw was a group of men breaking into a women’s home, who had an infant. She was home alone. They recorded themselves raping the mom and the one-year-old baby. And they recorded their dead bodies.”
“When I was in training, they pulled up a live map of the U.S. where a little red dot popped up every time someone downloaded child porn in the United States. In just fifteen minutes, the entire map was red.”
“It isn’t just downloading child porn, though. People will go to these dark chatrooms on the open internet, and they will offer their kids to each other. Like they will say, ‘I have a two-year-old son and a four-year-old daughter,’ and they will offer them.”
“People will go out and have kids just because they want a child to molest, or they want a kid at home to make child pornography with.”
“We will go to someone’s house, and we will have a ton of agents there. And people will come outside and say, ‘what are you doing here? He didn’t do anything!’ It happens at the trailer park, the house in the suburbs, or the mansion on the hill.”
“You could live in a neighborhood filled with millionaires and you don’t know that there three people just on your street that are huge into child pornography.”
“It is a highly widespread problem. It could be the mechanic at Jiffy Lube or a neurosurgeon, and these people come from all walks of life. There are even some who will become dentists and pediatricians so that they can have more access to children. They will dedicate their entire life to being able to be around more kids for the purpose of child pornography.”
“Tech savvy child pornographers can hack your webcam on your computer, your smartphone, your iPad, even the baby monitor camera. I keep a piece of tape over my webcam at all times.”
“It’s a growing problem because technology keeps advancing and more and more countries are coming online.”
“Educate yourselves more and your children on what to watch out for, they could be talking to someone online who claims to a 15 or 16-year-old, but in reality that’s a 45-year-old child pornography user who wants to make them a victim.” Rock added, “Bad guys are pretty smart. they know what they’re doing, and many times, it’s easy to fall for their tricks.”
And there you have it, folks. It’s certainly hard to stomach much of anything when it comes to child pornography, but this insight from Rock is definitely something that should be shared and seen.
H/T to IJR.