Internet Child Pornography: Causes, Investigation, and Prevention

Internet Child Pornography: Causes, Investigation, and Prevention

Internet Child Pornography: Causes, Investigation, and Prevention

Internet Child Pornography: Causes, Investigation, and Prevention

Synopsis

This book provides a comprehensive introduction to the problem of Internet child pornography that spotlights the connection between technology and behavior, presenting practical suggestions for reducing this pervasive problem.

• Easily understood charts and tables that translate the evidence for a broad audience

• Technical aspects of the Internet and Internet offending described in simple language

Excerpt

The internet has opened up a new world- a world of seemingly endless opportunity. It is an exciting world where everyone who has an Internet connection can have his or her say, find information more easily than his or her socks, and share with the world even his or her most private thoughts and predilections. In this, the seventh book in the Global Crime and Justice series, Wortley and Smallbone uncover the dark opportunities the information age offers those who would consume or purvey child pornography. They begin by acknowledging that sexual exploitation was around long before the information revolution and that all humans, especially males, were and continue to be capable of it. Nor is the idea of children as sexual objects new. The difference today is that the availability and access to child pornography is so much easier in the information age that the old supply and demand relationship has been turned on its head. The supply leads the demand, not the other way around. Thus, they argue, the key to prevention is to choke off the supply.

Easier said than done! We see from the authors’ outstanding review of who the offenders and victims are and how they are connected through the Internet and other technologies that Internet child pornography is the quintessential global crime, bringing with it the increasingly familiar problems of policing—crimes defined differently across multiple countries and jurisdictions, the labyrinthine and decentralized nature of the Internet, the capability to transmit images across borders around the world instantaneously, and the availability of smartphones and other mobile devices to children and those who would exploit them. They remind us that at the shocking end of the continuum of child pornography, it is essentially local because the actual, original production of child pornographic . . .

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