Long Term Effect of Child Pornography
Child pornography in its traditional form was produced and distributed in the form of photographs and magazines. Children involved in explicit sexual activities were processed in photographs and magazines. Obviously, that was not an easy task because child pornography then needed commercial processing that required many employees employed in production. Any of the employees could have reported the production of child pornography to the authorities and it could have been checked and stopped. That was the reason why during those times, child pornography was not so common. Furthermore, distribution of child pornography was also not as easy as it is today. During those periods, child pornography could have been distributed only by means of common governmental mail services or through some clandestine distribution networks. (Stewart, 1997)
During the mid-1980’s, the home video technology evolved and it changed the scenario for child pornography. Paedophiles started using inexpensive camcorders to produce amateur child pornography videos and they could have done this without anybody’s help at their own home with least or no worries about information of their acts to any other body or the authority. Thus, with the advancement of entertainment technology, the ways to easily exploit the children and create pornography of amateur children evolved. With the advent of internet in 1990, the scenario changed further in favour of paedophiles. With internet facility, they got an easy and much secure way to create, share and distribute paedophilic pornography anywhere around the world. It is difficult to regulate news groups, chat rooms and commercial on-line service and to check and stop activities involved with child pornography that are going on internet. (Stewart, 1997)
It should be noted that before the advent of computer and internet, child pornography necessarily included activities of sexual exploitation of children, but...
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