Patterns of ownership of child model sites: Profiling the profiteers and consumers of child exploitation material

Paul A. Watters, Christopher Lueg, Caroline Spiranovic, Jeremy Prichard


Recent research has indicated that cybercrime thrives when a corrupt social, economic, and political environment emerges such that law enforcement impact is minimised and key elements of crime prevention are absent. In this paper, using a snowball methodology we analyse patterns of ownership of “child model” sites which generate profits from advertising and/or subscriptions. While the material may not be traditional “pornography” in content, it is arguably exploitative. An open question is how the material compares to “beauty pageant” and other highly stylised mainstream photography that depicts children in adult situations, and whether access to all such material should be restricted.


Child exploitation; criminal profiling; cybercrme

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