As the internet has made it easier for people to share information – from snarky comments about published criminal cases in the federal circuits, to snarky comments about politics or the Academy Awards – it has made trading child pornography much easier.
Twenty years ago, to trade child pornography, you had to use the mail or meet someone with the same interest. Now, just about any person with an internet connection can find this contraband in less than an hour.
The easy flow and production of child pornography is a serious social problem. My concern is that the only solution we seem to be thinking about is to criminalize the market for it and make the punishments for participating in this market draconian.