From the BBC:
British taxpayers are being blackmailed into funding the Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre (Ceop), a quango which has threatened them with wildly exaggerated stories about children performing sex acts online.
It is almost impossible to prove that their urban myth about abusers posing online as children and talking victims into sexual acts or sharing of images, then threatening to send pictures to the child's family and friends, is a wild exaggeration at best and a outright fabrication at worst.
Ceop claimed that in 12 cases over two years, 424 children had been blackmailed in this way - 184 of them in the UK. Even if those figures are correct, that equates to about 0.001% of UK children who use the internet.
The only bit of hard evidence they have is the suicide of a 17-year-old in the UK, which might well have been internet-related. The other six suicides they refer to clearly happened outside the UK.
The quango then scraped the barrel by claiming that another seven seriously self-harmed, of whom six were from the UK.
With a complete lack of respect for his or his family's dignity, the quango is claiming that Daniel Perry, from Dunfermline, Fife, took his own life in the summer after blackmailers demanded thousands of pounds having tricked him into thinking he was chatting with a US girl.
Friday, 20 September 2013
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