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Law Enforcement Challenges in Internet Child Pornography Crimes  


Author:  Melissa Wells.; David Finkelhor.; Janis Wolak.; Kimberly Mitchell.


Source: Volume 05, Number 04, June/July 2004 , pp.41-43(3)




Sex Offender Law Report

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Abstract: 

Law enforcement agencies have been investigating child pornography crimes since the mid-1970s. Until the emergence of the Internet, it was believed that police were a step ahead of child pornography offenders. (See P. Jenkins, Beyond Tolerance: Child Pornography on the Internet (2001).) While there have been few empirical attempts to quantify the amount of child pornography on the Internet, there is a general consensus that the Internet has increased the accessibility and availability of this material. The Internet allows offenders to be deceptive about intentions, personal history, and even their true identities.

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Affiliations:  1: University of New Hampshire; 2: University of New Hampshire; 3: University of New Hampshire; 4: University of New Hampshire.

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