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Understanding what is considered criminal activity online

On Behalf of | Oct 3, 2019 | Internet Sex Crimes |

There are many different things online that can violate the law. Internet sex crimes are one specific category that some might view in a very negative light. Facing charges for something that falls under that umbrella is a challenge because you have to ensure that you launch a solid defense without attacking any alleged victim.

Internet sex crimes come in a few forms. One of the most obvious is that a person uses an online platform to try to find someone for a sexual encounter. When both parties are consenting adults, and no payment exchanges hands, this might be legal. The issue comes when someone accepts money for sexual favor or if one person is a minor.

Sex trafficking is a big issue online. The Allow States and Victims to Fight Online Sex Trafficking Act is a federal law that is helping to control this problem. The federal government can shut down parts of websites involving sex. Nobody should ever use the internet to solicit underage individuals.

Revenge porn is another serious problem. You can’t post explicit photos or videos of people online just because you are mad at them.

You shouldn’t ever ask people online for sexual photos or videos unless you are sure they are willing to provide them and are at or above the legal age of consent. Sending explicit material to or receiving it from a minor is a criminal act.

You don’t have to come into physical contact with someone to face internet sex charges. You should always ensure that the websites you view are legal and only depict consenting adults. If you do wind up facing charges, an experienced defense attorney can help you protect your rights.