The Internet has changed everyday life in ways too unprecedented to count. Instantaneous communication with people all over the world has become a global commonplace. The new technology has also created new legal issues, particularly in the area of criminal law. If you are facing charges of Internet crimes, including possession of child pornography and soliciting sex from a minor, contact an attorney for help.
The anonymity of the Internet has allowed persons who commit certain offenses against children to operate in relative safety environments. Child pornography is sold and distributed with ease over the Internet. In addition, adults who prey on children often befriend children they meet online and arrange meetings with them for sexual purposes and exploitation. The children who agree to meet an online "friend" typically do so without knowing that the person on the other end is an adult pretending to be a child.
Law enforcement agencies, on both the state and federal levels, have made the investigation of Internet crimes against children one of their top priorities. Local police and federal agencies like the FBI are applying new techniques to detect crimes against children. One of these techniques is the so-called "sting" operation, in which law enforcement officers pose as people interested in buying or swapping child pornography. The information gained in the transaction is used to find and prosecute both the sellers and buyers and people who are in possession of the pornographic materials.