Child Exploitation

Selected publications are shown below, a complete listing can be found here.

Westlake, B., Bouchard, M. (2015). Criminal careers in cyberspace: Examining website failure within child exploitation networks. Justice Quarterly. Online First.

Publicly accessible, illegal, websites represents an additional challenge for control agencies, but also an opportunity for researchers to monitor, in real-time, changes in criminal careers. Using a repeated measures design, we examine evolution in the networks that form around child exploitation (CE) websites, over a period of sixty weeks, and determine which criminal career dimensions...

Bouchard, M., Lussier, P. (2015). Estimating the prevalence and risks of incarceration of sexual offenders. pp. 351-371 In A. Blokland and P. Lussier (Eds.). Sex offenders: A criminal career approach. Hoboken, NJ: Wiley.

Bouchard, M., Lussier, P. (2015). Estimating the prevalence and risks of incarceration of sexual offenders. pp. 351-371 In A. Blokland and P. Lussier (Eds.). Sex offenders: A criminal career approach. Hoboken, NJ: Wiley. Sex offenders: A criminal career approach Sex offenders: A criminal career approach

Joffres, K., Bouchard, M. (2015). Vulnerabilities in online child pornography networks. In Aili Malm and Gisela Bichler (Eds), Disrupting Criminal networks: Network Analysis in Crime Prevention. Crime Prevention Studies, Monsey, NY: Criminal Justice Press.

Joffres, K., Bouchard, M. (2015). Vulnerabilities in online child pornography networks. In Aili Malm and Gisela Bichler (Eds), Disrupting Criminal networks: Network Analysis in Crime Prevention. Crime Prevention Studies, Monsey, NY: Criminal Justice Press. Rienner Amazon

Bouchard, M. (2014). Outils et méthodes pour la construction et l’analyse des réseaux illicites sur Internet. Revue Internationale de Criminologie et de Police Technique et Scientifique, 67 : 317-337.

On sait maintenant que l’arrivée du Web a complètement changé la donne en ce qui concerne l’exploitation des jeunes à des fins sexuelles, alors que pédophiles et autres amateurs de pornographie juvénile profitent désormais de la toile pour consommer, distribuer, échanger du matériel. Ils profitent également de ces réseaux virtuels pour «socialiser» avec d’autres qui...

Lussier, P., Bouchard, M., Beauregard, E. (2011). Patterns of criminal achievement in sexual offending: Unravelling the “successful sex offender”. Journal of Criminal Justice, 39: 433-444.

The current study examines significant variations in criminal achievement across sex offenders. To examine the “successful” sex offender, the study proposes a concept of achievement in sexual offending defined as the ability to maximise the payoffs of a crime opportunity while minimizing the costs. The study is based on a sample of convicted adult male...

Westlake, B., Bouchard, M., Frank, R. (2011). Finding the key players in online child exploitation networks. Policy and Internet, 3: Article 6 (1-32).

The growth of the Internet has been paralleled with a similar growth in online child exploitation. Since completely shutting down child exploitation websites is difficult (or arguably impossible), the goal must be to find the most efficient way of identifying the key targets and then to apprehend them. Traditionally, online investigations have been manual and...

Beauregard, E., Bouchard, M. (2010). Cleaning up your act: Forensic awareness as a detection avoidance strategy. Journal of Criminal Justice, 38: 1160-1166.

Although rational choice researchers has investigated how offenders successfully commit certain crimes, there is a lack of research looking at the factors explaining the use - or not - of certain detection avoidance strategies. This study introduces the concept of "forensic awareness" as a detection avoidance strategy, and proposes to examine the effect of disinhibitors,...