21-year-old Ryan Martin Taylor of York Township, Pennsylvania was recently arrested for allegedly trading child porn on the mobile messaging app Kik. According to police, some images contained children as young as two-years-old.
A tip from Kik to local police led them to Taylor. Police are said to have found four videos and 116 images of child pornography in Taylor’s possession. So let it be known that Kik does occasionally call the cops on the many sex offenders, pedophiles, child porn collectors, and child traffickers who consistently use their platform.
Taylor didn’t just use Kik for child porn either.
Police said Taylor also posed as a 12-year-old girl and communicated with pedophiles online to role-play the rape of children.
I didn’t know that was a thing, but I’m not surprised.
Taylor had also been banned from Kik for some of his activities. This is the first time I’ve heard of Kik banning one of these creeps, so he may have been extra repugnant.
What I really want to talk about is Taylor’s age. When we think of child porn traders, some of us may tend to think of the stereotypical creepy middle-aged man. However, more guys in their late teens and early twenties are choosing to become predators like this. It’s far from being a new thing, but their numbers seem to have increased over the past decade or so. Is it just because younger people tend to be more technically savvy, or has there been some societal shift where this kind of behavior has become more accepted among certain young men?
If you have any thoughts, please leave them in the comments.