Online porn encourages sex offenders

May 8th, 2011 - 7:06 pm ICT by IANS  

London, May 8 (IANS) Online pornography is normalising extreme fantasies and increasing the risk of sexual offences.

Research suggests that there is a “causal link” between the dramatic rise in explicit images on the web and illegal real life behaviour.

Experts believe internet pornography is encouraging extreme sexual and violent fantasies because it allows like-minded individuals to reinforce and push each other to ever more deviant behaviour.

Records show that obscene publications unit in Greater Manchester in Britain, seized about a dozen images of child pornography during the whole of 1995, the Telegraph reports.

But in 1999 the unit seized 41,000 images and by 2001 so many images were being recovered that they had to stop counting.

Tim Jones, senior lecturer in cognitive psychology at Worcester University and leading criminologist David Wilson of Birmingham City University, carried out a research project which involved interviews with a convicted paedophile known only as James.

He is serving a 14-year sentence at Grendon Prison for multiple sex offences against children.

Jones said he believed that there was a “causal link” between internet pornography and sex offences.

“The internet is fuelling more extreme fantasies and the danger is that they could be played out in real life,” he added.

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