For those needing more detailed information regarding the types of child sexual exploitation that are punishable by law please read through the following.
Possession, Manufacture, and Distribution of Child Pornography
Federal statutes define child pornography as a visual depiction of a minor (a child that is younger than 18 years) engaged in sexually explicit conduct. [18 U.S.C. 2256]
Generally, prostitution is defined as offering, agreeing to perform, or performing a sexual act for any money, property, article, object, or anything having value. [18 U.S.C. 2431, 2423 (a)]
Child Sexual Molestation (of a child not in the family)
Child sexual exploitation of a child not in the family is known as extra-familial child sexual abuse. This type of abuse includes sexual exploitation of a child by someone other than a family member.
Child Sex Tourism
It is illegal for any U.S. Citizen to travel abroad in order to engage in sexual activity with a child under the age of 18 years. [18 U.S.C. 2423 (b)] Any individual who participates in this type of illegal activity is subject to prosecution with the United States, even if the criminal act was committed on foreign soil.
The Online Enticement of Children for Sexual Acts
This refers to the use of the Internet to entice, invite, or persuade a child to meet for sexual acts, or to help arrange a meeting, which is a serious offense. [18 U.S.C. 2425]
Misleading Domain Name
Those who use a misleading domain name on the Internet in an attempt to deceive a minor child into viewing material that is considered harmful to that minor is committing a federal offense. This is irrespective of whether or not the material meets the legal definition of obscenity. [18 U.S.C. 2252B]
Unsolicited Obscene Material Sent to a Child
A regrettable aspect of the Internet is that children can encounter obscene material while online despite a parent or caregiver’s best attempts to shield them from it. Often, this is done by sending unsolicited e-mail or spam to a child that contains images or hyperlinks that is considered obscene. Any person who knowingly or attempts to send and or transfer obscene material to another individual who is not yet 16 years, is committing a violation of criminal law. [18 U.S.C.A 1470]
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