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Hughes, Donna M. (2002). The Use of New Communications and Information Technologies for Sexual Exploitation of Women and Children. Hastings Women’s Law Journal, 13(1), 129-148.

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International researcher Donna Hughes discusses the linear relationship between the rise of new communication technologies and the sexual exploitation of women and children through the use of pornography and trafficking around the globe. Hughes details the evolution of the child porn industry aided and disguised by the use of new technologies, such as peer-to-peer networks, live video chat, and blatant and underground internet forums. The author uses a couple of case studies to demonstrate how crafty predators use the internet to attract and exploit young children and women. While some experts at the time believed that child sexual exploitation was declining, Hughes argues that new technologies have escalated the severity and volume of the problem, with the number of internet-related child porn cases doubling in less than a few years from the later 90s and the early 2000s. Hughes’s research has been backed by a number of credible sources, including the National Science Foundation and the U.S. State Department.