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Online Child Pornography: Conceptual Issues and Law Enforcement Challenges

Macilotti, Giorgia (2019) Online Child Pornography: Conceptual Issues and Law Enforcement Challenges. In: Handbook of Research on Trends and Issues in Crime Prevention, Rehabilitation, and Victim Support IGI Global Core Reference, Social Sciences & Humanities. pp. 226-247. ISBN 9781799812883

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Abstract

This chapter presents some challenges faced by the police in identifying child pornography images. In particular, three main problems will be discussed throughout this chapter. The first lies in deciding whether an image is explicit enough to be considered pornographic. The second issue lies in determining whether the victim is a child or someone who appears to be a child. A final challenge concerns how to deal with sexually explicit images produced by someone who is a child themselves. It will be argued that despite emerging investigative and forensic methods, the decision-making process engaged in by police officers still presents some specific challenges. These aspects will be discussed through an analysis of semi-structured interviews with 23 French police officers and forensic analysts working in departments specialising in policing cybercrime and online child sexual abuse.

Item Type: Book Section
Language: English
Date: November 2019
Keywords (French): Pédopornographie, Police, Internet, Cybercriminalité, Contrôle social
Subjects: A- DROIT > A5- Droit pénal > 5-4- Criminologie
F- SCIENCES HUMAINES > F2- Sociologie
E- SCIENCES DE L’INFORMATION ET DE LA COMMUNICATION
E- SCIENCES DE L’INFORMATION ET DE LA COMMUNICATION > E3- Culture et Media
Divisions: Institut du Droit de l'Espace, des Territoires, de la Culture et de la Communication (Toulouse)
Site: UT1
Date Deposited: 06 Apr 2020 11:54
Last Modified: 06 Apr 2020 11:54
URI: http://publications.ut-capitole.fr/id/eprint/32913

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