Child-exploitation investigators found something unsettling when they recently took a 30-day snapshot of files being shared through computers in Missouri.
More than 7,000 computers were trading known images of child pornography. The Kansas City area accounted for more than 700 of those computers, which used peer-to-peer software similar to that used to trade music.
"These are really horrific things," said Capt. Paul Carrill of the Platte County Sheriff's Department. "It's commonly referred to as 'kiddie porn,' like they're children in bathing suits. But in law enforcement, they're called 'child rape images.' "
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