Report Meter 2020. La pedofilia, nuova forma di schiavitù per il traffico di minori
Meter 2020 Report. Pedophilia, a new form of slavery for child trafficking
Sites on the net on the rise. Logos identify pedophiles and their sexual preferences for children. The phenomenon of ‘paedophiles’ emerges. A legislative vacuum remains in place to contrast the criminality linked to pedophilia and child pornography.
Luca Collodi — Vatican City
“Against child abuse there seems to be no vaccine”. This is, in summary, the content of the 2020 edition of the Meter Report presented online today in Avola (Syracuse) by the Association Meter Onlus founded by Don Fortunato Di Noto, for over 30 years engaged in the fight against child pornography. Among those present, Nunzia Ciardi, Senior Director of the State Police and Director of the Postal and Communications Police Service, Marisa Scavo, Deputy Assistant Prosecutor of the District Attorney’s Office of Catania, Antonio Scavone, Councillor for Family, Social Policies and Labour of the Sicily Region. Since 2002, Meter has sent 63,688 protocols to the police all over the world, containing 189,252 reported links. It has followed up, thanks to the Listening Center, 1,832 cases and received 30,280 telephone requests. In six years, between 2014 and 2020, it reported 19,771,071 photos and 5,501,752 videos.
“The deep web and the dark web, the hidden part of the internet,” explains Don Fortunato Di Noto, president of Meter Onlus to Vatican Radio Italy, “are a free space in which criminal associations around the world expand their trafficking. Illicit phenomena move into these uncontrollable ‘free zones’, in which the intervention of the police is difficult”. “Surfing with these systems means to protect one’s privacy, becoming surfers who do not reveal their identity, on the contrary they make it changeable at every click. These areas of the web become, for obvious reasons, the humus in which the described atrocities, documented in this report, take root”.
A.- Pedophilia and child pornography have never feared the Covid. On the contrary. The virus has allowed, even in the isolation of their homes, that children were more lured through social networks. It was truly a very serious and heavy year.
From the 2020 Report of Meter emerges the phenomenon of ‘pedomama’…
A.- Pedomama is one of the ugliest phenomena, chilling, full of horror. We are talking about mothers who sexually abuse their children. And they have created real galleries, services where we find many videos, but also photos, where you can see these women, who, in an indiscriminate and incredible way, use their children. They themselves, in web channels, call themselves ‘pedomame’, almost bragging about what they should never do. And it is a shame.
listen to the interview to don Fortunato Di Noto
Are pedophile videos on the web increasing and photographs decreasing?
A.- It is true. In our monitoring we have verified and reported to the Italian postal police, but also to many other foreign police, the increase of videos. Certainly in some cases repeated, but in many others new videos produced with new victims. The photos have decreased, because, most likely, everything has been moved in an exorbitant way in the ‘deep web’, which has become the main container of all these traffics, that we define trafficking of human beings for the aspect of recruitment of victims and not only.
Don Di Noto, where are the servers most used by pedophiles in the world?
A. They are all over the world. Thinking about Africa, in Libya and Mali, America, in Grenada, St Vincent & Grenadines, in Colombia. In Asia, in the British Overseas Territory of the Indian Ocean, in India, but also in Europe, in Montenegro, France, Russia. In the 2020 Report, Italy is the fourth country for servers used by pedophilia. Then Oceania, New Zealand, Tonga. Obviously the nations have no direct responsibility, but the server provider present in these realities favor the spread and marketing of child pornography.
Are there valid laws to crush the crime of child pornography?
A.- Until the pedophilia and child pornography will not become a global crime against humanity, and until there will be a homogeneity of laws with the responsibility of all the countries of the world and until they adapt their legislation to face the problem, the non-homogeneity will favor more and more a paradise for pedophiles and child pornographers. If you think that we have reported more than 63000 videos and photos in recent years, it means that we still have to do a lot, because not all are identified and not all are arrested and stopped.
Don di Noto, despite the pandemic, Meter continues to be present in the dioceses for the formation of priests…
A.- It is fundamental that our reality is at the service of the Church, of society, but above all of children, victims, parents, pastoral workers and therefore of Bishops, priests, deacons and religious. Many dioceses have always recognized in us an authority in the field and have called us to do training. Formation is fundamental and must begin in seminaries, in order to be attentive to a phenomenon that does not necessarily have to involve a few priests, but to reinforce a serious preventive, informative and formative attitude, to ensure that the Church is always a safe place, a place of care, a place attentive to the life and protection of children, the Lord’s favorites.