Child porn victims getting younger – Internal Affairs

NZ Herald Tuesday Jan 5, 2010

Children as young as a few months old are being targeted by New Zealand’s child pornography offenders, as they continue to seek even younger victims. According to the Department of Internal affairs, which prosecute child pornography cases, the average age of a victim is just five years old compared with 13 to 15 years old in the 1980s. The average age of offenders has risen from between 27 and 30 to people in their early 40s. Internal Affairs Censorship Compliance Unit manager Steve O’Brien said the material is becoming more violent and the abuse of very young children more frequent. “What’s really disturbing is that victims are getting younger – a lot of what we’re getting now features children from a few months to five years old.”
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