Internet Childhood Pornography















Internet Childhood Pornography

From the case involving the State vs. Williams 553 U.S. 285 (2003), child pornography not only entails exposing children below 18 years to explicit behavior, but also entails involving a child in sexually suggestive conduct. The Internet invention in the late 1980s aggravated the issue as it has provided access to provocative graphics as well as literature to minors. Unlike other crimes that can be easily handled by local law enforcing agencies, Internet child pornography has been quite hard to combat due a number of reasons.

To begin with, in most cases, through the Internet, pornographic material can be easily and quickly spread over a large geographical area. The Internet has allowed for the reproduction and subsequent redistribution of such contents with so much ease. As such, organizing for investigations over such cases may overlap a given area of jurisdiction thereby becoming almost impossible to prosecute or contain such crimes (Akdeniz, 2008).

In addition, complete elimination of Internet child pornography can be quite difficult considering the fact that virtually every household today has a computer, which therefore puts such indecent content at their disposal any time. Also, the anonymity provided by the Internet further jeopardizes the fight against Internet child pornography. Wortley and Smallbone (2006) indicates that the Internet is particularly devolved thereby becoming incontrollable. Moreover, the ever increasing technological innovations have also allowed perpetrators of such crimes to overrun Internet security checks by using false identification protocols.

Yaman (2008) suggests that in order to combat Internet child pornography, investigations should allow for the participation of a various stakeholders both locally and internationally. The local law enforcement agencies should also train their personnel on matters pertaining to Internet technology in order to track such offenders. Subsequently, they should also work hand in hand with Internet service providers in governing and monitoring Internet activities. Furthermore, the society as well as the police should give precedence to some of the main issues such as arresting the most serious perpetrators like those who participate in child sexual abuse. This should be done due to the enormous amount of child pornography content on the Internet.






Akdeniz, Y. (2008). Internet child pornography and the law: national and international responses. Burlington: Ashgate Publishing Company.

Wortley, R., & Smallbone, S. (2006). Child Pornography on the Internet. Problem-oriented guide for police; Problem-specific guide series(41), 1-84.


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