LONDON, Jan. 12 (Xinhuanet) -- Child porn crimes in Britain have risen 15 fold since 1988 and new internet mobile phones could makethings even worse, according to a report issued Monday by a leading British children's charity.
The National Children's Homes (NCH) said in its report that 549child porn offenders were charged or cautioned across Britain in 2001, compared with only 35 in 1988.
The internet is largely to be blamed for the sharp rise in child porn offenses, said the report.
Experts also fear the launch of mobile phones capable of accessing the internet will make child porn crimes even more widespread and difficult to combat. Prepaid mobile phones cannot be traced as there is no record of who owns the handset.
It is reported that advanced 3G -- third generation -- technology will allow paedophiles to access child porn on pay-as-you-go phones with impunity.
"The internet is about to go mobile, and that could make many things more difficult to prevent or detect," said NCH's web consultant John Carr in an interview with the BBC.
"Almost all the issues of child safety on the internet that exist today become much more complex when the internet goes on thestreet." Enditem