Internet offenders: traders, travelers, and combination trader-travelers

J Interpers Violence. 2005 Jul;20(7):804-12. doi: 10.1177/0886260505276091.


The Internet opens a vast array of communication, entertainment, and educational resources for children; however, it also opens a gateway to home and school for offenders who wish to exploit children. A convenience sample of 225 cases published in the news media was examined. The cases were classified using law enforcement terminology to describe Internet offenders as traders, travelers, or combination trader-travelers. The media is seen as a critical source of information for the public to be aware of how the Internet is being used to commit sexual exploitation and sex crimes against children.

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Adult
  • Aged
  • Child
  • Child Abuse, Sexual / classification
  • Child Abuse, Sexual / prevention & control
  • Child Abuse, Sexual / statistics & numerical data*
  • Child Welfare / statistics & numerical data*
  • Deception*
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Internet* / statistics & numerical data
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Pedophilia / classification
  • Pedophilia / epidemiology*
  • Pedophilia / prevention & control
  • Research Design
  • Trust
  • United States