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Group targets porn site deception

Rights leaders' names used as lure

Black clergy in Boston have launched a national effort to alert parents that a pornographic Internet website is using the names of civil rights leaders to draw people to scenes of sexual perversity.

The Web addresses, which contain the names of Martin Luther King and Jesse Jackson, lead to a site offering graphic photos of heterosexual and homosexual copulation, oral sex, and bondage.

Porn peddlers also are using variations of the Web addresses of children's sites and church sites to draw young people in.

The effort to block such websites from home computers, to educate parents about the danger to their children, and to push for government regulation of pornography is being led by TechMission, an organization that began in 2000 as an effort of Bruce Wall Ministries, in Dorchester's Codman Square, to increase computer literacy among urban youth.

It is made up of 350 faith-based and nongovernmental organizations nationwide.

Andrew Sears, executive director of TechMission, said in a telephone interview yesterday that pornography peddlers are using tricks to target three different groups of Internet users -- children, churchgoers, and blacks. So, he said, ''kids in black churches are getting hit in all three ways."

The operator of the porn site that is using the civil rights leaders' names is Mercedita Kyamko of the Philippines, Sears said. When the leaders' names are entered into a Web browser, the computer user is redirected to a site known as Club Pink, which is recorded in documents of the World Intellectual Property Organization as belonging to Kyamko.

The same person also has used ''spikelee.com" and ''robertdowneyjr.com" to redirect Web surfers to the Club Pink site in the past, according to the property organization, which adjudicates disputes over Internet addresses. Both celebrities succeeded in getting the group to stop Kyamko from using their names.

Karen Wall, executive director of Bruce Wall Ministries and wife of the organization's founder, said she first heard of children being tricked into pornography sites through her career as a clinical social worker.

''Kids told me they had accidentally seen things," she said yesterday. ''At first I thought 'what do you mean, accidentally?' and then I went to the computer myself and I saw.

''There are some memories that can't be erased," Wall said. Using a community's heroes or something as benign as a children's website ''to draw kids in, to scar them, and to introduce them to things most adults don't want to see -- that is perverse and sick."

Wall said a possible campaign to stop the pornographic website operator from using civil rights leaders names is under discussion ''but we do not yet have a plan of action."

TechMission has launched a website, safefamilies.org, to educate parents and ministers about the threat that pornography poses to children.

It stresses that children exposed to pornography are twice as likely to have sex at an early age than children who are not, and that Internet pornography sites frequently expose children to predators.

The site offers detailed information and pointers for parents and pastors, as well as free software to block access to pornographic sites.

Bil Mooney-McCoy, director the TechMission Safe Families initiative, is currently in Los Angeles to promote the campaign among youth workers in faith-based organizations.

Harold Sparrow, director of the Black Ministerial Alliance, said yesterday that information about the pornographic sites and the TechMission campaign has been sent to all the organization's 70 Boston-area member churches. ''People who lead you to pornography in this way -- these are predators," Sparrow said.

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