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Internet Blamed For Child Porn Surge
By: MarkJ - 12 January, 2004 (10:18 AM)

The latest NCH statistics show that, since 1988, child porn has rocketed by 1,500%. 549 offenders were charged or cautioned in 2001, compared with just 35 during 1988. Unsurprisingly the Internet takes most of the heat for the rise:

John Carr, the author of the report, told BBC Radio Five Live: "In pre-internet days, if you wanted to get hold of child abuse images it was quite a difficult thing to do.

The internet completely changed all that. People perhaps with a suppressed or latent interest in it have now got a mechanism... they think the internet is anonymous.

He said offences committed through chat rooms had also been rising "steeply".

Sadly this is often true of all such technological improvements. The humble telephone itself can just as easily be used for good communication as it can for bad. More @ BBC News Online.

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