Child Pornography: Defined

Legal definitions of child pornography generally include sexual images involving pre-pubescent and pubescent or post-pubescent minors and computer-generated images that appear to involve them.

Child pornography is among the fastest growing criminal segments on the Internet.  With the meteoric rise in Internet use over the past decade, possessors and distributors of child pornography have evolved and often operate in large, internationally connected “rings.”

Producers of child pornography try to avoid prosecution by distributing their material across national borders, though this issue is increasingly being addressed with regular arrests of suspects from a number of countries occurring over the last few yea