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Porn Site Allows Feds to Monitor All Traffic

| by Mark Berman Opposing Views

For the first time, it has been revealed that a pornographic Web site has given federal investigators access to monitor all traffic on the site, in the ongoing battle against child pornography.

According to The Smoking Gun, the porn site Free6.com gave agents for the Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) administrative powers, meaning they could monitor traffic, as well as public and private chats between users. It is in those chats that much of the illegal trading of child pornography takes place.

This arrangement began in October 2008 and ended earlier this year when the company that hosted the web site removed it from the Internet.

A recent ICE affidavit said the investigation into Free6.com began when it was found that users were misusing the site’s chat functions to traffic illegal images. The site itself “appears to be a legal website featuring adult pornography," the affidavit reads. When contacted by federal agents, the site agreed to cooperate.

The affidavit does not say how many, if any, people were arrested as a result of the investigation.

Federal agents are always trolling the Internet, looking for sites that illegally deal in child pornography. And it's been thought that some of those sites agree to give them access, but this is the first time a federal agency has confirmed the practice.