U.S Child Pornography Cases Rise Dramatically

Nationwide, child pornography cases increased 330 percent from 1999 to 2009, according to a recent article in the Washington Examiner. “Before the Internet, child pornography had almost been eradicated,” U.S. Attorney Neil MacBride told a reporter for the paper. More than nine million U.S. computers were identified as having shared child pornography between October 2008 and October 2009, an August report by the Justice Department says. Now, the FBI handles more than 2,500 new child pornography cases a year. “A lot of people never would have gone into an erotic video or magazine shop and asked to see child pornography,” criminal defense lawyer Mike Sprano said.