Teen Porn 101

If they're taking their laptops and cell phones to bed with them, it's probably not to do homework.

"COPA wasn't that big of a deal," Morris says. "Proving [age] was a little bit of a concern, but most of the people in the industry have that teenage attitude of, 'It's never going to happen to me. I can get away with anything.'"

Tube sites — places like Porn Hub and Keez Movies — are the rage of Internet porn right now. It started back when YouTube exploded in 2005 and 2006, causing the adult industry to follow. Along with the above-mentioned sites, there's youporn.com, pornotube.com, youjizz.com and just about every other catchy spin on YouTube.

And all the free stuff is driving customers to spend money on Internet porn.

"I hear a lot of complaining about the free stuff hurting business, but I don't hear the complaining from the guys who have been successful year after year," Morris says. "Those guys look at it and say, 'Okay, there's free stuff out there, there's always been free stuff out there, so how do we use that to make money?'"

Morris started his first "porn" site in the infant years of the Internet boom, after he was offered a free site for signing up with an Internet provider. Adult Web sites were pulling in about 80 percent of the money being spent online and 70 percent of the traffic. (Those numbers today have fallen to about a 60/50 split, Morris says.)

He was 21 years old and working at a fast-food restaurant, so Morris went with what was selling: He used his free Web site to post six pictures of Alyssa Milano. Then he got involved in an affiliate program, posting ads for other Web sites on his page, and each time someone clicked on an ad on his Alyssa Milano site, Morris got ten cents.

"It took all of an hour to set up," Morris says. "But a couple weeks later, I got a check for $25, and a couple weeks after that, I got another check. I worked for an hour and kept getting $25 over and over, so I figured, 'What happens if I work for ten hours?'"

Two years later, Morris was making $8,000 a month with his sites. The money model was fairly simple back then, mainly funneled through a program called Adult Check. Consumers paid $30 a month for access to about 80,000 Web sites. Morris never took money from a person looking at his porn, but received a percentage of Adult Check's profits.

"That model has pretty much gone away," Morris says.

Web companies now can process credit card payments, something individual owners couldn't do ten years ago. Most of the sites that have the endless supply of free material are operated by smaller pay sites that provide a niche product, usually one fetish or another. The free sites link to the pay sites, and if a person doesn't buy there, it links back to a free site, which will lead to another pay site. The ultimate goal is to get someone to stumble across something he has to buy.

"Let's say you have blackgirlsandmustangs.com. If someone wants to see black girls and Mustangs, that's where you go," Morris says. "If you're not the best with the black girls and Mustangs, if you opened up darkskinnedwithfordsandsportscars.com, then nobody's going to buy it, and you're not going to make shit."

A goal for a site might be to retain 200 members who pay $30 a month for membership to the site. That Web master would pull down $6,000 for the month, money made, more than likely, from running the site as a side job from his house.

"The Internet is the perfect market economy," Morris says. "If you're the best at what you do, if you produce the best product, you're going to make a butt-load of money."
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Logan Moore was hooked on child pornography by the time he was a teenager. He found out that getting the stuff, however, especially the videos of young kids being molested, could be hard to find for someone his age.

The amount of kiddie porn Logan collected was expanding, but his stockpiling became tough after he fixated on one "prepubescent" child who had been molested and raped over a long period of time on film. The videos were released in short segments only, and the people who distributed the stuff were guarded, to say the least.

Logan plodded through online chat rooms where pedophiles conversed, and he presented himself as an adult, constantly working to find videos of the young child he wanted to watch. Logan later admitted to spending six hours at a time hunting down the content featuring the kid.

"He described to me that it reached the point where it was no longer for sexual arousal," says McLaughlin, the doctor who works with teens at Houston's ADAPT Counseling. "He became attuned to the look in the child's eye that showed she recognized that she had lost control. It was the helplessness that served as the stimulus."

The ADAPT program works with about 50 teens — mainly in the 12 to 17 age group — from Harris County at any given time, and more than half of those are referred from the Harris County Juvenile Probation Department. Teens who are hooked on child porn, bestiality, bondage or rape simulation are rare, McLaughlin says, but those kids do come through the program.

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