Around the time that I first started this blog, I had written a post called “Dark Web: What Are Candydolls?” I’ve since taken it down, though.
What happened was that someone contacted me via Facebook Messenger and said something to the effect of, “Children must be protected. Why are you promoting this? Please take it down.” While I don’t usually cave into censorship, I was concerned that someone might report me for “advertising” something of that nature.
I should explain that I was never intending to “promote” child abuse or child pornography. I just wanted to make people on the clearnet aware that something like this exists. If we don’t know it exists, how can we talk about it?
What prompted the now-deleted post was a video (also since deleted) by Jota el Oscuro on YouTube, which talked about the same subject. I forget the exact title of the video; it was something like “¿Cuál es la historia de los candydolls?” It was done in a documentary style but was age-restricted due to content.
I don’t think that Jota’s intention was to promote child abuse either, but he wanted to educate people about it – at least that’s how I viewed it! It was an eye-opener because I had never heard of such a thing before.
My fellow dark web blogger Eileen Ormsby, the author of All Things VICE, talks about this subject too – it’s not for everyone’s eyes, I will admit. Shameless plug: she has a good book out called The Darkest Web if you’re interested in hearing more of her story!
Believe me, I’m the last person who would support child abuse; I can relate to the victims. In essence, my post was just saying, “Look – this is here. What are we going to do about it?”
Another friend of mine was saying that he wants to eradicate child pornography from the internet altogether. That’s going to be a difficult mission to achieve, as much as I would like to do so too!
Anyhow, I am glad that there are people doing something about this sort of thing. Contrary to popular belief, the dark web is not the “wild west” that some people picture it to be. (Oh wow – that would be a great idea for a bad horror movie…the Wild Dark Web.)
If it’s any consolation, you can report suspected child abuse material at CyberTipline – NCMEC. There are no guarantees, but you just might help someone!