At the 2003 meeting of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, a gathering of the nation’s divorce lawyers, attendees revealed that 58% of their divorces were a result of a spouse looking at excessive amounts of pornography online.
Although no connection between legal porn viewing and criminal behavior has ever been proven, police have seen a steady increase in porn associated with crimes (Lt. Matt Bilodeau, spokesman for the Cache County Sheriff's Department, Associated Press, 10/17/04).
There are 4.2 million pornographic websites, 420 million pornographic web pages, and 68 million daily search engine requests.
70% of sexually transmitted infections in the porn industry occur in females according to County of Los Angeles Public Health.
66% of porn performers have Herpes, a non-curable disease.
Effects of Children and Pornography
79% of youth unwanted exposure to pornography occurs in the home (Online Victimization of Youth: Five Years Later, 2006).
Child pornography is one of the fastest growing businesses online, and the content is becoming much worse. In 2008, Internet Watch Foundation found 1,536 individual child abuse domains.
The largest group viewing online pornography is ages 12 to 17. (Family Safe Media, December 15, 2005, <http://www.familysafemedia.com/pornography_statistics.html>).
Nine out of 10 children aged between eight and 16 have viewed pornography on the Internet. In most cases, the sex sites were accessed unintentionally when a child, often in the process of doing homework, used a seemingly innocent sounding word to search for information or pictures. (London School of Economics January 2002).
Child-on-child sex abuse and rape are a growing phenomenon in Britain, and there’s no reason to suggest that the statistics would be any different for Canada or the United States. Over a three-year period (2009-2012), 4,562 children/young teens (under the age of 18, and some as young as five) committed 5,028 sexual offences against others under 18. (The Telegraph) http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/uknews/crime/9905727/Children-some-aged-five-commit-thousands-of-child-sex-offences.html
The pornography industry purposefully targets children today; due to the severely addictive nature of pornography, if kids get hooked on porn, they will be customers for life. Counselors have called addiction to pornography the "crack cocaine" of sex addiction because the use of the Internet to view pornography causes a rapid development of the addiction, one that is more difficult to overcome than cocaine or heroin addiction.
Child pornography has become a $3 billion annual industry (Top Ten Reviews, 2005).
Of all known child abuse domains, 48 percent are housed in the United States.
Child pornography grew exponentially between fiscal years 1996 and 2005 with a:
2026% increase in cases opened (113 to 2402)
2325% increase in arrests, locates & summons (68 to 1649)
According to a National Children's Homes report, the number of Internet child pornography images has increased 1500% since 1988. Approximately 20% of all Internet pornography involves children (National Center for Missing & Exploited Children. Internet Sex Crimes Against Minors: The Response of Law Enforcement. Virginia: National Center for Missing & Exploited Children, 2003).
Child pornography has become a $3 billion annual industry. (Ropelato, Jerry. Top Ten Reviews. Top Ten Reviews, Inc. 5 December, 2005. http://internet-filter-review....pornography-statistics.html).
UNICEF reports that across the world, there are over one million children entering the sex trade every year and that approximately 30 million children have lost their childhood through sexual exploitation over the past 30 years (Commercial sexual exploitation position statement. UNICEF UK. 2004, January 28).
Studies indicate that child prostitutes serve between two and thirty clients per week, leading to a shocking estimated base of anywhere between 100 to 1500 clients per year, per child. (Department of Justice, Child Exploitation and Obscenity Section. Accessed October 31, 2007)
As many as 600,000 Children run away every year in the US. Within 48 hours of hitting the streets, one third of Teen runaways are lured into the underground world of prostitution or pornography. (The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children)
More babies and toddlers are appearing on the net and the abuse is getting worse. It is more torturous and sadistic than it was before. The typical age of children is between six and 12, but the profile is getting younger (Prof. Max Taylor, Combating Pedophile Information Networks in Europe, March 2003).
According to a National Children’s Homes report, the number of Internet child pornography images has increased 1500% since 1988.
From fiscal year 2001 through fiscal year 2005, the Civil Rights Division and United States Attorney's Offices filed 91 trafficking cases, a 405% increase over the number of trafficking cases filed from fiscal years 1996 through 2000.