The Role of the Internet and Crime
Crime has been around for a long time and will probably never disappear. With the invention of many things such as the wheel, the tool helps criminals. The wheel helped the criminals get away faster which made it harder to catch them. Criminals will always look for ways to make their “job” easier.
With the advancement of technology come the advanced criminals. The internet has become one of the biggest tools for criminals by making it easier to commit some of the oldest crimes such as theft, extortion, and money laundering. The criminal does not have to be present to commit crime; this means there is a broader area to find victims. They can interact virtually, scope the globe for potential new victims or crimes, and can stay anonymous.
“A Kent man was arrested early Thursday on charges of possession and distribution of child pornography after a tip led police to his computer, police said. Detectives said they located evidence that 63-year-old Dean S. Porter had traded sexually explicit images and videos involving underage children. The images depicted girls ranging in age from about 6 to 17 years old and were traded using the internet, police said (Media Group. 2013).” This example shows how this man used his computer to aid in the crime of child pornography.
Harassment can be found anywhere including sitting alone in a room with no one around but a computer. Laws have sprung up since many of these different examples of online harassment. “In October a 19-year-old man was sentenced to 12 weeks in jail in the UK for posting what a judge called "despicable" comments on his Facebook page about a missing 5-year-old girl. And in a highly publicized cyber bullying case, a Missouri woman was convicted in 2008 after prosecutors say she created a fake MySpace profile to befriend and then abandon a 13-year-old neighbor girl, leading the girl to hang herself (Griggs, B. 2012).”...
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