Child pornography is frighteningly easy to find on the Internet — images are traded freely, children are lured into dangerous situations and sexual abuse of children as young as infants is available on demand.
Finding people who want child pornography "is like shooting fish in a barrel," said Stacey Bradley, an FBI supervisory agent in the Innocent Images unit.
This man sent a photograph, ostensibly of himself, showing a balding man with a mustache and beard.
The supposed 13-year-old in this case, though, is not a child, but an undercover FBI agent who is working out of the bureau's main child pornography unit in a suburban Washington office park.
The demonstration for an Associated Press reporter was intended to show off the FBI's growing effort to fight child pornography, which has yielded increases of more than 2000 percent in arrests and 350 percent in federal prosecutions over 10 years.
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