"Virtual Child" Pornography On The Internet: A "Virtual" Victim?
The Child Pornography Prevention Act (CCPA) of 1996 was enacted to curb the sexual exploitation of children. Today, with the advancement in technology, the statute may encroach on first amendment rights to free speech. This is because the latest trend in that industry is ?virtual child? pornography, which does not use real children or images of real identifiable children. When the object of desire is not a child, but merely a combination of millions of computer pixels crafted by a skilled artist, can the Government ban this allegedly victimless creation? The paper discusses this issue in detail.