Eye-catching headlines such as “Sixty people charged in child-porn crackdown” explode in the media with alarming frequency, giving the impression that our communities are awash with perverts. But what exactly do we know about these crimes and those who commit them? Who produces child cyberpornography? Who distributes it? Who consumes it? And is there a link between viewing and abuse?
Seeking answers to these questions, Francis Fortin and Patrice Corriveau infiltrated child-porn user groups and compared their findings to scholarship on the subject. Who Is Bob_34? breaks down popular perceptions by opening a window on a clandestine world populated by a spectrum of cyberpedophiles, ranging from occasional image collectors to sex abusers who lure and assault children. Contrary to popular perceptions, the typical cyberpedophile is in his mid-thirties and grew up using the Internet. He often believes his actions are justifiable and takes pride in collecting and sharing child porn.
This timely book reveals that this contemporary phenomenon is much more complicated than the media and commissioned reports suggest.
This fascinating look at the underbelly of cyberspace will be invaluable to police, criminologists, advocacy groups, journalists, and parents seeking to understand who is behind the production, distribution, and consumption of pedo-pornography.
Cyberpedophilia elicits a lot of questions, namely, how can we better protect our kids? Without succumbing to sensationalism, this informative book empowers its readers to help protect kids, by equipping them with a better understanding of this new reality.
Who Is Bob_34? provides a valuable profile of pedophiles who use the Internet to look at, exchange, and collect images of child pornography.
Cyberpedophilia is a topic of widespread concern, yet there are still very few empirical studies of child exploitation online. In this book, Fortin and Corriveau provide evidence-based analysis of the access, production, collection, and sharing of child-porn online. It’s a unique and informative book, written in a clear and accessible way.
A must-read for all parents.
The authors move beyond the repulsion one could legitimately feel toward child pornographers to understand who the individuals are who produce, collect, and exchange child pornography online; how this type of illegal content is found on the Internet; how the Internet facilitated the emergence of a global support community for child-porn consumers; and what features characterize different types of offenders.
1 The Investigators and the Law
2 The Evolution of ICTs and Their Effect on Trafficking
3 How Much Is Out There, and Who Are the Victims?
4 Are Search Engines Enabling?
5 Are Discussion Forums a Classroom for Cyberpedophiles?
6 Who Are Cyberpedophiles, and Is There a Link between Viewing and Abuse?
Notes, References, Index
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