Federal investigators nearly doubled the number of investigated sex crimes involving children between 2004 and 2013, the Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS) announced Thursday.
Child sex crime cases include possession or production of child pornography and child sex trafficking, the BJS reported. Federal investigators took up 1,405 of these cases in 2004, compared to 2,776 cases in 2013. More than 70 percent of the prosecutions each year were for possessing child pornography, followed by those suspected of sex trafficking at 18 percent and those who produced child pornography at 10 percent. (RELATED: UK Reports On Child-On-Child Sex Abuse Are Skyrocketing)
The Department of Justice prosecuted a total of 36,080 child sexual exploitation cases between 2004 and 2013. Nearly 100 percent of the offenders were male; 97 percent were U.S. citizens; 82 percent were white; 79 percent had no prior felony convictions; and 70 percent were unmarried. (RELATED: High Powered Sex Abusers: Too Big To Fail)