Laws, Volume 9, Issue 4 (December 2020) – 12 articles
Cover Story (view full-size image): The creation and distribution of child sexual abuse material (CSAM) has become one of the fastest-growing illicit online industries in the United States. With rapid technological advances, challenges arise in investigating and prosecuting these crimes. The aim of this research was to understand both challenges and facilitators as a foundation to develop best practices in this area. Qualitative interviews and focus groups were conducted throughout the western United States. Two major themes arose from this research. Theme 1: Challenges, which include: technology and internet service providers, laws, lack of resources, and service provider mental health and well-being; and Theme 2: Facilitators, which included multidisciplinary teams and training. This research is a first step in understanding the experiences of law enforcement and prosecutors in addressing CSAM. View this paper.
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