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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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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.


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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