Following the rise of general pornography (after the invention of the camera in the early nineteenth century), child pornography proliferated with sexual images involving children being produced, traded and collected.The majority of imagery remained locally produced, expensive, of poor quality, and difficult to obtain.
The response of law enforcement over the rising concerns of circulating child pornography saw the destruction and dramatic restriction of traditional hard-copy formats as well as a reduction in actual trafficking. However, after the advent of the internet in the 1980's, a platform was for the resurgence of this type of pornography, with a virtually untraceable method of distribution.
...access child pornography sites on impulse, out of curiosity, or for short-term entertainment. They are not seen to have long-term problems associated with child pornography use.
At risk user:
...are vulnerable individuals who have developed an interest in child pornography, but may not have done so had it not been for the Internet.
...have a specific interest in children as sexual objects and seek out child pornography