MP Mark Hendrick has vowed to take immediate action over a paedophillic website featuring Preston children.
In today’s’s Evening Post we revealed that family pictures were being stolen off open Facebook profiles and uploaded onto a Russian filesharing site.
Local children as young as three have been spotted by tipped-off parents, as well as pupils from city schools wearing their uniforms.
Comments underneath pictures show that they are being used for sexual gratification by users from across the world.
Mr Hendrick said: “I’m going to get in touch with both the Home Office and the Foreign Office to see if anything can be done by existing police authorities in this country, with Russian counterparts, or with organisations such as Interpol.
“There is a great deal of concern to parents, it’s very distressing that these pictures are not being used for the purposes which they were intended.”
He added: “I will also get in touch with the Foreign Office to make representations to the Russian Embassy and make them aware that this practice is going on.”
The website was initially exposed in June by a national newspaper. Peter Saunders, from the National Association for People Abused in Childhood called for a special task force to be set up to deal with the situation, and crusading MP Simon Danczuk, who helped expose child abuse in his own Rochdale consituency, called it “every parent’s worst nightmare”.
Despite this, seven months later, the site still hasn’t been taken down.
A Lancashire Police spokesman said: “At this stage we are not aware of any indecent images and there are no concerns about the safeguarding of any children.
“This is not a Lancashire specific issue and as the website is based outside the UK is a national/international matter, however we are liaising with other agencies with a view to progressing our enquiries.
As there is an on-going investigation into this matter we would encourage people not to try to access this site.”
Anyone worried about security settings on Facebook or other social media sites can visit: www.getsafeonline.org/social-networking/social-networking-sites