Types and Incidence of Internet-Related Sex Crimes Against Minors in the Criminal Justice System

Janis Wolak, University of New Hampshire
David Finkelhor, University of New Hampshire
Kimberly J. Mitchell, University of New Hampshire

ABSTRACT
Internet-related sex crimes against minors involving child pornography and child sexual exploitation have received consideral media attention. However, there has been little systematic study of the ways the Internet is used in sex crimes against minors and the incidence of these crimes in the criminal justice system. These researchers used a national sample of over 2500 law enforcement agencies to gather data about internet-related child pornography and sexual exploitation crimes that resulted in arrests during a one-year period. This paper will discuss the types of Internet-related sex crimes that victimize minors and the incidence of these crimes in the criminal justice system. This study is funded by the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children and the U.S. Department of Justice, OJJDP.

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Updated 05/20/2006