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Yahoo!'s Incest, Child Porn Clubs Aid Child Sex Abusers, American Family Assoc. Says.

WASHINGTON, Aug. 8 /PRNewswire/ --

"It's time for Yahoo! to shut down all its Clubs, Members Directories, and Geocities sites that facilitate child pornographers and child sex abusers," said Patrick Trueman of American Family Association. Today Attorney General John Ashcroft indicated that the Department of Justice will aggressively prosecute those in the child pornography trade. Yahoo! is involved in a major way and their activities should be reviewed by federal law enforcement authorities.

For months AFA has called to public attention the fact that Yahoo! facilitates child pornographers and child abusers by providing resources to them on its own servers. Yet, Yahoo! has not put a stop to this practice. In fact, Yahoo!'s involvement is even greater than AFA earlier expected. For example, Yahoo! has dozens of incest clubs for those with a sexual appetite for children victimized by incest. The "Yahoo! Family Incest Club" has photos of what is said to be a 12-year-old girl having sex with her father. The club provides links to commercial child pornography sites. Members brag of having sex with their children and urge others to trade photos of their incest experiences. This is but one of dozens of Yahoo! incest clubs. There is even a "Yahoo Incest Directory" which has hundreds of members with a sexual interest in children (and only a relative few who are incest survivors). Some members offer to sell child pornography-incest videotapes. There are many who openly solicit children for sex and others who offer their own children for sex. Members often list as their favorite Yahoo! Clubs those that contain child pornography such as Yahoo!'s "Artistic Nude Boyz Club," which has dozens of photos of children in sexually explicit poses.

"Yahoo executives should stop helping child pornographers and child sex abusers and start helping families protect their children," Trueman said. "A child victimized by pornography is abused each time the pornography is viewed or traded. Victims often live in fear for years after the pornography is created worrying that the photos will surface. Yet Yahoo! remains on the side of the abusers." Trueman is AFA's director of governmental affairs, and was chief of the Child Exploitation and Obscenity Section, Criminal Division, U.S. Department of Justice, from 1988 to 1992.

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