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Paedophile internet activity

Trends & issues in crime and criminal justice no. 97

Patrick Forde and Andrew Patterson
ISBN 0 642 24082 5 ISSN 0817-8542
Canberra: Australian Institute of Criminology, November 1998


The study reported in this paper was conducted with the support of the Paedophile Investigation Team within the Western Australia Police Service. The study found that paedophiles were using World Wide Web pages to proclaim their lifestyles, to disseminate information and to facilitate communication. It also found evidence of international paedophile organisation where Internet anonymity techniques are used to conceal identities. The authors offer suggestions in how to counter this activity.