To track child pornographers online, investigators use the unique identifier that each computer is assigned when it accesses the Internet. In the last 120 days, 3,200 Illinois computer addresses were seen trading child pornography images and by Attorney General's office investigators.We tend to think of these people as aberrations, deviations from the norm. But more than 3,000 individuals watching and trading child porn feels like something more than a statistical minority.
Support Local Journalism.
Join the Riverfront Times Press Club
Local journalism is information. Information is power. And we believe everyone deserves access to accurate independent coverage of their community and state. Our readers helped us continue this coverage in 2020, and we are so grateful for the support.
Help us keep this coverage going in 2021. Whether it's a one-time acknowledgement of this article or an ongoing membership pledge, your support goes to local-based reporting from our small but mighty team.
Join the Riverfront Times Club for as little as $5 a month.