Pedophiles have found a way to communicate, exchange child pornography, and offer children for sexual activity in relative freedom . To do this they utilize something known as the “darknet”.
The darknet is a private computer network accessible only by browsers which mask the identity of the user with encryption software. The darknet is a part of the Deep Web which, in turn, is a part of the World Wide Web we all know.
Not indexed by standard search engines like Google, the Deep Web was originally intended for military use . It is still partially funded by the US government, with the purpose of facilitating free speech by political dissidents in China and elsewhere.
Unfortunately, authorities suspect the Deep Web has become a haven for criminality. Comprised of billions of websites (some merely massive databases), it is growing exponentially in size. The darknet is a case in point.
The darknet operates on a network of 6000 servers which reroute signals to hide a user’s location from law enforcement. A British study found that 80% of the traffic to the darknet was related to child pornography. When a pernicious site is located by police and taken down, another quickly replaces it.
The name “darknet” is appropriate. Scan the blogs of abuse victims, and you will quickly encounter imagery about darkness. Some of us view ourselves as children of darkness, the product of the harm done to us. This is not a true picture of who we are. But the harm was so profound that the description “feels” true.
Before Jesus’ coming, Messianic prophecies had foretold that those who sat in darkness would one day see a great light (Matt. 4: 16). Jesus spoke of Himself as the light of the world; He promised that those who followed Him would, “‘…not walk in darkness, but have the light of life’” (John 8: 12).
Jesus makes the offer of Himself still today. Those of us who accept Him need no longer be intimidated by darkness…whatever form it takes.
 CBS News, “Pedophiles find a safe haven on the ‘darknet’ ” by Holly Williams, 4/9/15, http://www.cbsnews.com/news/pedophiles-finding-a-safe-haven-on-the-dark-net/.
 International Business Times, Technology,“Meet the Deep Web: Inside the Hidden Internet that Lies beyond Google” by Charles Poladian and Jeff Stone, 4/10/15, http://www.ibtimes.com/meet-deep-web-inside-hidden-internet-lies-beyond-google-1725784.
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