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How Do New Sex Offenders Enter Online Paedophile Communities?

The dark web is the hidden part of the internet sufficing the rise and extension of illegal activities. The sex offenders thrive there like anything as the online paedophile communities keeps on growing. All of this is possible because the dark web comprises a collection of intemperately encrypted websites, social networks and forums. The individuals carrying on the child sexual abuse or are involved in it somehow meet and interact on the dark web where they share indecent images and support each other. Some of them even put forth advice on the various abuse techniques with almost complete anonymity. This provides online pedophiles with a good resource that would help them learn the various skills and become even more dangerous.

What Is Paedophilia?

Paedophilia or alternatively termed as “Pedophilia” is a psychiatric disorder where an adult or adolescents experience an exclusive sexual attraction towards small children or teenagers. On the contrary, pedophiles are adults who are attracted towards the prepubescent children. Not all paedophiles are harmful and cause child sex abuse or child exploitation. They are just born differently or have different preferences. Although the majority of the paedophiles intend to cause harm to children some way or the other.

However, some of the law enforcement agencies employ the undercover officers who would enter these spaces and pose as sex offenders for gaining some valuable information on the techniques employed by the online paedophile group. But these child pornography communities do not come into view quite often. However, some insights into the dark web pedophilia communities have been achieved. 

Most of the online paedophile communities are governed by stringent rules. For example, not to provide personal details in the bid to preserve the security. Also, these online communities consist of members having varying levels of the offending experience and as well as expertise. One of the most striking virtuous paedophile groups is the ones that identify as “newbies” or someone with little to no experience in the field of paedophilia or even interacting with the dark web users.

A close watch on the newbies and their urge on the online pedophiles can aid in the determination of the experience levels of the sex offenders. It is the initial step for paedophile hunting. This provides an insight on how they actually progress from a noob to a prolific child sex offender. Additionally, understanding these groups of people through their footsteps is of great help to the undercover agents while portraying realistic identities. The easiest way to enter the online paedophile communities is by interacting with the high-level offenders who are highly distrustful and always wary of the possible police presence and pretending to be a newbie in the field.

What Are The Causes of Paedophilia?

The researchers state that there are a couple of causes of being paedophilic such as:

  • The first and the foremost that people believe to be the cause of a paedophilic is “born that way”. Many people believe that the orientation of the pedophiles could be the cause they are different.
  • Some others believe that the reason behind paedophilia and its practice is due to some sort of mental illness that makes reference to a “mental health issue” and requires mental health support.
  • Many people link the paedophilic activities to the abuse histories or abuse theories that the “supposed” victims built up in their minds.
  • Another set of people strongly goes by the notion that the paedophiles are what they are by choice.

Steps Taken By New Sex Offenders To Enter Into Online Paedophile Communities

The most common moves that these new sex offenders take to enter the online paedophile communities are “greetings” and “sign-offs”. Apart from these, there are a couple more that we have listed below:

  • Expressing Their Eagerness To Join The Online Child Pornography Communities

The first thing that the newbie virtuous paedophiles do is to show how much they want to join a specific online paedophile group. They would support their eagerness with a good number of reasons like interest in sexual abuse of children. This would often include interest in a specific age group or age groups, categories of indecent media or the willingness to find out other like-minded people to interact with.

  • Stating The Affiliation and Affinity Towards A Particular Community

The newbie dark web pedophiles often express their tenure in a particular online paedophile community and state their interests and ideals. Often it has been seen that these new individuals state their sexual interests in children and share their experiences on the same. Another common strategy that they maintain is de-lurking, wherein the newbies unveil that they have been present in the community or the group passively for a while and it is now that they have decided to participate. This permits them to demonstrate their earlier exposure to the particular community, their understanding of the practices and the rules. 

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  • Appreciating An Individual or A Pedophile Community

The new sex offenders get to the notice in a particular online community by expressing their gratitude and appreciation to an individual or a community as a whole. There are instances where they praise and compliment others. 

  • Expressing Their Lack of Offending Experience

The newbie virtuous paedophiles often express their newness openly aside from the explicit statements that they make on the online paedophile communities. Sometimes, they request tolerance from the other high-level members of the same community.

  • Demonstrating Their Benefit of Being A Member of The Community

The contemporary members or the dark web paedophile willing to enter into paedophilia tend to demonstrate the ways they can be of great help to the community. For instance, they may offer to submit indecent media or other proven demonstrations of their skills and services. This may also include drawing of the hyper-realistic indecent images or clicked pictures.

  • Stating Their Limitations

The new members might also explain how they are limited to certain community expectations or the requirements by stating that they lack expertise or experience. They may also state their incompetence in possession of the indecent media and they are quite apologetic about it.

  • Asking For Support or Guidance

Sometimes, the new offenders ask for guidance or help regarding a specific problem of online or offline offending. Most of the support often is concerned with accessing the children, solving the technical issues with sharing the child pornographic media online and the moral guidelines. 

Thus, it can be concluded that different combinations of moves taken by the new sex offenders reveal that there is no single type of sex offending and deep web pedophile. These newbies approach the communities against a variety of reasons utilizing different tactics in the process. A study on the various dark web websites reveal that the number of visits earned by the child abuse websites is gigantic as compared to the drug forums and contraband markets. The study has also provided an insight where it is seen that over four out of five hidden services site on Tor is solely to the websites dedicated to child pedophilic materials. The anonymity provided by the dark web helps the online paedophile network to keep behind the veil but this does not mean that they are impossible to trace down by the feds. In case, the language of a particular community is known to the feds or can be analyzed, it would be of great help to the cops.

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Aadvik Perry
Aadvik Perry covers law enforcement and crimes from San Francisco for The New York Times. Before joining The Times he was a reporter at The Los Angeles Times and The Forward. Aadvik is one of the top contributors of Dark Web Links.

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