ASACP Contributes to "Dreamboard" Takedown
WASHINGTON (August 8, 2011) — The Association of Sites Advocating Child Protection (ASACP) is pleased to announce the end of online child abuse fan forum, “Dreamboard.”
The notorious website, called “a nightmare” by those familiar with it, was the subject of a 20 month long investigation, dubbed Operation Delego; which has resulted in charges against 72 people over their involvement with this site, where users shared images of child sexual abuse equivalent to 16,000 DVDs of content.
“ASACP’s CP Reporting Hotline has received a number of complaints in reference to this heinous website,” ASACP Executive Director Tim Henning stated. “Once confirmed, these ‘Red Flag’ reports were forwarded to our contacts at the Justice Department and elsewhere, in an effort to spur and further the investigation into this criminal enterprise.”
“Rarely do we get to discuss the results of our Red Flag investigations,” Henning noted, adding, “ASACP is proud of the role it played in putting an end to this living ‘nightmare.’”
According to U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder, the website depicted the abuse of infants and young children.
“The members of this criminal network shared a demented dream to create the pre-eminent online community for the promotion of child sexual exploitation,” Holder stated. “But for the children they victimized, this was nothing short of a nightmare.”
U.S. officials are reported to be currently holding at least 43 of those charged in custody; while nine suspects are being held overseas; and a further 20 now being pursued. Sentences for those convicted of participating in Dreamboard are expected to range from 20 years to life in prison.
“Since 1996 ASACP has processed more than 600,000 reports of suspected illegal child pornography, identifying and quantifying the scope and sources of online CP; revealing that the legitimate adult entertainment industry has nothing to do with this material,” Henning concluded. “Dreamboard illustrates the distinction between lawful companies and criminal enterprises — and underscores the continued importance of ASACP’s mission to protect children on the Internet — a mission which can only continue through the generous support of our sponsors, members and contributors.”
Founded in 1996, ASACP is a non-profit organization dedicated to online child protection.
ASACP is comprised of two separate corporate entities, the Association of Sites Advocating Child Protection and the ASACP Foundation. The Association of Sites Advocating Child Protection (ASACP) is a 501(c)(4) social welfare organization. ASACP manages a membership program that provides resources to companies in order to help them protect children online. The ASACP Foundation is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization. The ASACP Foundation battles child pornography through its CP Reporting Hotline and helps parents prevent children from viewing age-restricted material online with its Restricted To Adults (RTA) website label (www.rtalabel.org). ASACP has invested nearly 15 years in developing progressive programs to protect children, and its relationship in assisting the adult industry’s child protection efforts is unparalleled. For more information, visit www.asacp.org.