June 18, 2001 07:14am
Yahoo! Still Headquarters for Child Pornography, Obscenity, American Family Assoc. Says
Source: American Family Association
by: Company Press Release
(WASHINGTON) -- Yahoo! continues to allow child pornography and obscenity to be posted on its servers, according to Patrick A. Trueman, of the American Family Association. Two months ago Yahoo! announced it would remove such material.
``A search of Yahoo!'s Clubs and GeoCities sites, which are available to anyone including children, indicates that a seemingly endless number of the sites contain pornography, depicting children in a variety of sexual poses and involved in sex acts, he said. Examples include the ''Pic Club of Preteens,`` the ''Preteen Pics up the Wazoo`` Club. Links are provided on these sites to other areas on Yahoo! and elsewhere on the Internet where child pornography may be found. One Yahoo! Club offers the ''Complete Lolita Hookers Guide.``
Yahoo! also continues to allow hundreds of Clubs and GeoCities sites that offer obscene pornography to viewers, including sexually explicit depictions of violent rape, torture, group sex, urination, scatology, and sadomasochistic acts. Some of the club names include the ``Rape Photos,'' Club with pictures of women being raped, the ``Women In Extreme Distress'' Club, which includes a picture of a woman captioned ``raped and tortured for three days,'' and the ``Young Virgin Slave Market,'' Club depicting bondage and torture. ``Though Yahoo! seems to have removed many Clubs and GeoCities sites with potentially illegal material and has discontinued sales of hardcore pornographic videos, the company is still a magnet for pedophiles and those seeking all varieties of hardcore pornography,'' Trueman said. On April 12, 2000 Trueman, wrote Attorney General Ashcroft to investigate Yahoo! for federal child pornography and obscenity violations. Trueman continues to urge an investigation. ``Yahoo! should not be allowed to profit from the sexual exploitation of children and women,'' Trueman said. He 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.
[The only links referenced in the above story that currently exist and somewhat work are included at the bottom of the story. The rest of the links described either don't exist or were removed by Yahoo! - Ed.]