Images were usually locally produced, of poor quality, expensive, and difficult to obtain.
The relaxation of censorship standards in the 1960s led to an increase in the availability of child pornography, and, by 1977, some 250 child pornography magazines were circulating in the United States, many imported from Europe.Despite concern about the extent of child pornography, law enforcement agencies had considerable success in stemming the trafficking of these traditional hard-copy forms. “The Need for Regulating Anonymous Remailers.” International Review of Law, Computers & Technology 14(1):79–88.
However, within this broader scheme, local police departments have a crucial role to play.
Because of the increasing use of computers in society, most police departments are likely to encounter Internet child pornography crimes. “A Structural and Content-Based Analysis for Web Filtering.” Internet Research: Electronic Networking Applications and Policy 13(1):27–37. There are 10 levels of image severity: The Internet has escalated the problem of child pornography by increasing the amount of material available, the efficiency of its distribution, and the ease of its accessibility. Child Pornography: The Criminal-Justice-System Response. (See Appendix A for a summary of key terms and concepts relating to the Internet.) Specifically, the Internet: The problem of Internet child pornography can be divided into three components—the production, distribution, and downloading of images. “Child Pornography on the Internet.” Police Journal 73(1):7–17.[Full Text] Klain, E., H. One study found that 56 percent of arrests for Internet child pornography crimes originated from non-specialized law enforcement agencies. Internet child pornography is only one of a number of problems related to either child abuse or the Internet. Bryant, eds., Pornography: Research Advances & Policy Considerations. Other related problems not directly addressed by this guide include: § See the POP Guide on Identity Theft. Because legal definitions of both child and pornography differ considerably among jurisdictions, for research purposes child pornography is often defined broadly as any record of sexual activity involving a prepubescent person. Pornographic records include still photographs, videos, and audio recordings. “Computer Search and Seizure Issues in Internet Crimes Against Children Cases.” Rutgers Computer and Technology Law Journal 7–373. Finally, it reviews responses to the problem and what is known about these from evaluative research and police practice. Department of Justice Office of Community Oriented Policing Services. The treatment of children as sexual objects has existed through the ages, and so too has the production of erotic literature and drawings involving children. In some cases, the same people are involved in each stage. “Internet Addiction Order.” Interpersonal Computing and Technology 6:1–2. However, some producers and/or distributors of child pornography are motivated solely by financial gain and are not themselves sexually attracted to children. Collectors place a premium on new child pornography material.