Cyberporn: Facts At A Glance

Child Porn Sites Proliferate

Find out more about how widespread online pornography - and especially child pornography - has become. Here are some statistics from U.S. Customs, the Department of Justice, the FBI, the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children and Jupiter Media Matrix.

Some Facts
  • According to Jupiter Media Metrix, almost 140 million people will be going online by the end of the year.

  • According to Jupiter Media Metrix, more than 21 million U.S. children under the age of 18 currently go online. By 2005, this will rise to 47 million.

  • According to the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children, there are more than 10,000 child porn sites involving more than 300,000 children.

  • The FBI says that child pornography and the sexual exploitation of children through online means is the most significant crime problem that it confronts.

  • In 1977, Congress enacted the first anti-child pornography law.

  • U.S. Customs created first anti-child pornography program in 1985.

  • In 1988, Congress passed a law outlawing the use of computers to transmit, manufacture or possess child pornography.

  • In 1989, U.S. Customs opened the first federal law enforcement investigation into the illegal transmission of child pornography via computer. In that investigation, the first federal warrant to search a computer was drafted.

  • In April 1996, U.S. Customs created the International Child Pornography Investigation and Coordination Center.

  • In August 1997, U.S. Customs expanded its Internet investigations with the creation of the Customs CyberSmuggling Center.
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