Title

The past, present, and future of online child sexual exploitation: Summarizing the evolution of production, distribution, and detection

Publication Date

1-1-2020

Document Type

Contribution to a Book

Department

Justice Studies

Publication Title

The Palgrave Handbook of International Cybercrime and Cyberdeviance

Editor

Thomas J. Holt, Adam M. Bossler

DOI

10.1007/978-3-319-78440-3_52

First Page

1225

Last Page

1253

Abstract

The sexual exploitation of children has long been a component of society. With the advent of the Internet, along with advancements of, and accessibility to, media-recording devices, child sexual exploitation material has become even more prevalent globally. This chapter chronicles the evolution of child sexual exploitation, beginning in ancient Greece, moving to the impact of the Internet today, and concluding with growing trends. In addition, this chapter examines how child sexual exploitation is addressed internationally, including existing legislation, law enforcement actions, and vigilante justice. Finally, this chapter summarizes how technology has been used to find child sexual exploitation material, and where research and combat tools need to go in order to address the evolving problem.

Keywords

Child pornography, Child sexual exploitation, Combating, Distribution, Evolution, History, Investigating

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