14
Jul
10

Sexting and child porn: are they any different?

The difference between “sexting” and “child pornography” might seem obvious, but it’s not. Take one common metric for labeling something “child porn”—was it produced voluntarily? That question has its limits.

Adults can (and do) convince minors to take sexually explicit pictures by webcam, for instance. Or they acquire pictures of kids that were created voluntarily for a boyfriend or girlfriend but were later forwarded to others or posted on the ‘Net (after a bad breakup, say). Though the image might look exactly like child pornography, asking “how was this produced?” might make it difficult to prosecute those who collect and view child porn.

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