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Internet Sexual Offenders

Internet sexual offending includes child pornography offending, the sexual solicitation of children and youth (also referred to as luring), and the use of the Internet for sexual trafficking and sex tourism (e.g., advertising online). Adults who sexually offend against other adults may also use the Internet to gain information and find targets; however, little is known about adult-against-adult offending. The focus for this entry is Internet sexual offenders, with a specific emphasis on those who offend against children. This entry provides an overview of the prevalence of Internet sexual offending and distinguishes among online, off-line, and mixed tendencies to offend. Reducing or preventing online sexual offending requires collaborative efforts among a variety of sectors as well as an understanding of the nature of both sexual ...

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