Urban Dictionary defines a “candydoll” thusly: “A variety of softcore porn featuring underaged girls. The cameratography of said porn is often referred to as ‘polite’ or ‘respectful,’ although whatever these terms actually mean when used in reference to the graphic sexual display of young teen and preteen girls is in question. This form of porn is often used by pedophiles who wish to pretend that what they’re fapping to isn’t in fact highly illegal or reprehensible. Candydolls’ mothers may often be referred to as mowilf (Mom of what I’d like to fuck).”
Let me preface this by saying: I know that child pornography is a horrifying subject (for people that don’t enjoy it, that is), and some people may not even realize the extent to which it exists. I don’t get off on it, but it is out there. And in some parts of the world, it’s more acceptable than it is here in the U.S.
You may not know this, but candydoll images can be found not only on the dark web, but on the clearnet as well. Why is this the case? It may be because the girls are still wearing clothing, albeit in a provocative way. Or it may be that the general public (in America, at least) is unfamiliar with the term (as opposed to terms like “child porn” or “child pornography”).
I hesitated to even talk about this topic, but I figured that if I were going to do a blog about the dark web, I’d end up writing about it eventually. Ironically, I didn’t initially discover what a candydoll was through the dark web. It was on YouTube. There’s a Spanish-language channel I watch occasionally called Jota el Oscuro, and he covered this topic in the video Conoces la Historia de las Candydolls? | Las Candydolls en La Deep Web. (“Do you know the history of the Candydolls? The Candydolls in the Deep Web.”)
He also refers to it in a similar video entitled Las Minimodelos Pre-Teen Nonude|Un tema polémico para reflexionar (“The Pre-Teen Non-Nude Minimodels – A controversial topic for reflection.”)
I’m not fluent in Spanish, but basically “Jota” goes into the history of how the candy doll phenomenon started, and what kind of sites sell this material today. By the way, check out his channel if you’re interested in the dark web and/or horror – he has some excellent (and scary) content!!
Basically, the way Urban Dictionary defined it is exactly right. They’re preteen girls who do non-nude modeling, but even though the girls are clothed, it’s still done in a sexualized way, and it’s still used for pedophiles’ sexual gratification.
What scares me about it, perhaps, is that it’s likely (or at least possible) that the girls are tricked or coerced into doing the modeling. They’re probably told that it’s some kind of pageant, or “the start of their big modeling career,” or something like that. They may even get paid, but what they don’t know is that their photos will end up on some dark web site and will be used for sexual exploitation.
It’s also possible that some are kidnapped (since human trafficking is such a major business) – on the other hand, however, in some parts of the world, this “candydoll” photography is in fact somewhat acceptable. (I suppose because it doesn’t show actual sex?? I’m not sure.)
It’s a sad fact that things like this exist, but the more cynical among us would probably say, “I told you so.” Granted, there are worse forms of child pornography (in my opinion), but I find the whole concept unnerving, to be honest.
And yes, unfortunately, it’s not a myth, unlike the debatable topic of red rooms (although I haven’t sufficiently proven that this is a myth, either). I’ve heard people referring to it or asking for it on the dark web (which really shouldn’t surprise me). If you Google the term “candy dolls,” this message shows up at the bottom of the screen: Suspected child abuse content has been removed from this page. Report child abuse content.
And if you’re ever on the dark web, and you see a link labeled “CP,” “hard candy,” or “cheese pizza,” it’s more than likely child pornography – do something about it! (Side note: I have been a bit disturbed by the fact that some people have found this blog post by searching for child porn…I hope they were ultimately disappointed.)
So again – I’m not saying that I enjoy it, or that I support this sort of thing, but I know that it exists, and I wanted to make people aware of it. If you ever happen to come across it, on the dark web or the clearnet, please report it to the CyberTipline at the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children.
You may even save someone’s life – who knows?