Three forums were used for data collection (two for imagery of boys and one for imagery of girls). Generally, the posts were uploaded by the same user on each of the forums checked.
Forums, threads, pages checked:
Forum 1 (boys): One thread checked over 4 pages. 40 images were found in total before the forum went offline.
Forum two (girls): Three threads checked over 10 pages. 73 images were found on one thread, 4 images on the second thread and 3 images on the third thread before the forum went offline.
Forum 3 (boys): One thread checked over two pages. 13 images were found in total.
The above demonstrates how many images can be found within a thread and how pages within a thread can vary in volume. Across the three forums, five threads were checked and returned 133 images.
Third Party Hosts:
Forum 1 (boys): Two third party hosts were identified. 100% of the images found on the page were hosted on an external site known as an image hosting site. This means the images were being pulled in from a different website. A link underneath each image was found. These types of sites are known as cyberlocker sites. Every single image had a link to a cyberlocker site, which undoubtedly contained the full video of the content, however payment was required and therefore this could not be accessed or verified. The cyberlocker site was the same one throughout the threads checked.
Forum 2 (girls): Two third party hosts were identified. Once again 100% of the images were hosted on an external site known as an image hosting site and therefore were being pulled in from elsewhere. A link underneath every image was found going to a cyberlocker site. Once again, gaining access to the videos required payment and as the IWF does not breach payment barriers we therefore could not access them. The cyberlocker site was the same one throughout the threads checked.
Forum 3 (boys): Forum 3 was different in that none of the images were being pulled in from an external site. On this occasion 100% of the images on the pages were hosted on the same domain as the forum itself, which generally speaking, is not common. However, two third party hosts were identified. Like the other two forums, every image had a link underneath it going to a cyberlocker site appearing to contain the full video of the content. This time 2 different cyberlocker sites were identified.
(Please note the image hosting sites and cyberlocker sites were different in all three forums).
Apart from a few video links which were offline, all videos required payment to download. Each forum offered multiple payment methods. The payment options remained the same for every video link within that forum, however, varied across the three forums. The below chart shows how many payment methods were offered for each forum.