RECOMMENDATION 60

Part: 
Three
Chapter: 
3

Federal law enforcement agents should ask the child victim in reported child sexual abuse cases if photographs or films were made of him or her during the course of sexual abuse.

Discussion

As part of expanding a law enforcement agency's investigation into child sexual abuse and child pornography all investigators should determine if children alleging sexual abuse were ever photographed in sexually explicit poses.

The most obvious way to find such information is to uniformly ask the child victim if photographs were taken. This technique should be employed for effective investigation and will undoubtedly highlight the interwoven connections between child sexual abuse and child pornography. An investigation of one offense should not eliminate an examination of related offenses.[651] Law enforcement officers should acknowledge that child sexual abuse is the basis for the production of child pornography.

Notes

  1. "In 90% of the child sexual exploitation cases . . . the children admit that at one time or another they were photographed." Miami Hearing, Vol. II, Dennis Shaw, p.117.