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BABY PORN 'SOARING'.

Byline: PAUL CLARKSON

DEMAND for pornographic images of babies and toddlers on the internet is soaring, a leading expert has warned.

Psychology Professor Max Taylor of University College Cork heads COPINE - a project set up to uncover paedophile gangs.

The group - Combating Paedophile Information Networks In Europe - held a conference at the weekend to discuss the alarming growth of child porn. And Professor Taylor warned of increasingly sadistic and violent pictures on the internet.

Speaking at the conference, called Understanding Child Pornography, he said: "More babies and toddlers are appearing on the net and the abuse is getting worse.

"It is more torturous and sadistic than it was before. The typical age of children is between six and 12, but the profile is getting younger."

COPINE was set up in 1997 to use psychology to analyse the sexual exploitation of children on the internet.

It is also identifies and tracks down victims to save them from paedophile gangs.

COPINE's research showed around 20 new children appear on the porn sites every month - many kidnapped or sold into sex.

The conference was told the internet had made it easier for sex offenders to access sordid material.

Speaker Dr Ethel Quayle said: "It lessens risk and lowers inhibitions. You can be who you want to be on the net.

"It helps to rationalise this behaviour and can be used to seduce more children."

IF you have information on child pornography contact the Internet Child Pornography hotline on 1890 610 710.
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