Child Pornography Outpacing Other Crimes

NBC Bay Area

Figures show child pornography is increasing faster than other crimes in Virginia.

The Virginian-Pilot reported Sunday that the number of child pornography cases increased 218 percent from 2003 to 2009. Nationally, federal figures show arrests rose 2,500 percent in 10

U.S. Attorney Neil MacBride says the industry was dying until the Internet and peer-to-peer networks started a growing epidemic.

FBI agents Paula Barrows and Jack Moughan who search for child pornography as part of a task force in Virginia say the material they find is sickening, but the job is more rewarding than chasing drug dealers because it protects children.

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