28-year-old William Stiefel, formerly of Torrington, Conn, was arrested earlier this month for allegedly being a prolific trafficker in child porn.
It seems that his want for child porn also took the form of the online live streaming version. Steifel allegedly cruised the live streaming video site BlogTV in order to get young boys to perform sex acts on cam. Police say that he also would get their contact information and call them offline.
Again, why do parents still allow children not only to have their own webcams but allow them to be used unmonitored. You might as well just invite a pedophile into your home and let them babysit your kids.
9-year-old solicited on Web site for children:
A 9-year-old girl from my current hometown Charlotte, North Carolina was solicited over the live streaming video site BlogTV. Not only that but it was in their supposedly kid friendly section called BlogTV Junior. A man who was watching the girl’s broadcast allegedly asked the girl to take off her clothes.
The family had a local news crew come to their house to show them what happens on the site.
The girl’s parents showed us how it works. After logging on, we saw a young girl broadcasting from somewhere.
Almost instantly, an online user writes: “What are you wearing? Can I see the pants? Lower the cam.”
Why does that sound familiar? Oh yeah, it’s the same thing that happens on Stickam.
Speaking of Stickam, BlogTV had a similar response when contacted by the news station…
“The live broadcasts in the junior section are monitored 24/7. If there are any problems in the chat, the broadcaster and other viewers can flag the show or contact the moderation team. A moderator is sent to the room within a matter of moments.”
Yet another website with the ‘inmates running the asylum’ philosophy. After a ‘matter of moments’ it may already be too late.
The man who solicited the girl is being investigated.
Personally if I had a 9-year-old daughter she wouldn’t even be allowed near a webcam.