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This research also looks at adult-child sex advocacy websites as environments where interested parties can learn criminal behavior.We were particularly interested in examining these websites for content that exposes users to rationalizations for crimes involving the sexual exploitation of children.Websites facilitate commerce by bringing together merchants with distant customers and allow for the easy distribution of information, such as the latest headlines or a novel on the New York Times bestsellers list.Social networking websites remove psychological and geographic barriers to social relationships and link like-minded people from around the world.According to Sutherland (1947/1974), learning crime begins with the process of differential association, which involves interactions with people who favor criminal behavior.These interactions can be direct or indirect exchanges and can include verbal and non-verbal communication (Akers, 1998; Akers, Krohn, Lanza-Kaduce, & Radosevich, 1979).
Just like past innovations in communication, computers have created new opportunities for crime.
Computers and related networking technologies have created new opportunities for those looking to sexually exploit children (D’Ovidio & O’Leary, 2006; Durkin, 1997; Taylor & Quayle, 2003).
Digital cameras, personal computers, digital editing software, the Internet, and remote storage drives have, for example, simplified the creation, distribution, and collection of child pornography (Jenkins, 2001; Mc Auliffe, 2001; Wolak, Finkelhor, & Mitchell, K., 2005).
This study reports on a content analysis of 64 websites that promote, advocate, and convey information in support of sexual relationships between adults and children to determine whether these sites were structured as learning environments for crimes involving the sexual exploitation of children.
The findings indicate that the adult-child sex advocacy websites examined are criminogenic in that they contain a myriad of communication tools (e.g.