Three Connecticut teens have been arrested on child porn charges after allegedly selling explicit videos and photos of their high school classmates.
An investigation revealed that more than 20 students were involved in a “sexting ring” for profit.
Students would take pictures of themselves that would then be shared with as many as 50 classmates through messaging apps, according to Daily Mail. Police say the three students running the ring then sold the pictures for $10-20 a piece.
Those three students have been charged with transmitting or possessing child porn. They also face obscenity charges. 20 others identified in the investigation may have to complete community service if it is recommended by a juvenile review board.
I just can’t imagine growing up in a world where it is normal to take explicit photos and videos of yourself to send to your classmates when you are only a teenager. Teenagers are impulsive, desperate for attention and approval from their peers, and unable to understand the long-term consequences of their actions. With the combination of porn culture and smart phones, kids making their own porn to sell is becoming as common as sneaking behind the school for a smoke. This can have a devastating impact on girls as they lose control over the images and they are spread all over school. You cannot control anything once it’s on the Internet. Although these girls only intend for their peers to see their photos, they can easily get into the hands of adult pedophiles.
This is an absolute fucking mess. I’m glad the kids who were selling these photos were charged, but there is another set of perpetrators in this story who are not mentioned. The adults who have created this culture by making it culturally and legally acceptable to sell images and videos of the sexual exploitation of teenage girls are the real problem. They are grooming a generation of young people into misogynist porn culture, preparing them to accept sexual exploitation, and profiting off the real sexual abuse of women and girls. Why are we only charging teens and not the adult pornographers?