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Pornography

A CLASSIFICATION of crime peripherally related to white-collar and corporate crime, pornography refers to sexually explicit materials produced to induce sexual arousal in a viewer or reader. Pornography, as an illegal revenue source for enterprises ranging from organized crime to internet entrepreneurs, crosses into white-collar crime with tax evasion, money laundering, corruption, and a variety of frauds in accounting and banking that are spread all over the world.

The regulation of pornography evolved from early obscenity laws originally enacted to protect political and religious views. The concept of suppressing sexual expression in the media became a concern in the 19th century following the invention of photography, and the staging of theatrical performances with sexual themes. Anthony Comstock was among the first moral reformers to call for ...

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