Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Social Work


School of Social Work

First Reader/Committee Chair

McAllister, Carolyn


The purpose of this study is to analyze the relationship between the use of

teen pornography and the increase of sexual exploitation of children in San Bernardino County. This study sought to explain and answer the following question regarding sexual exploitation of children: 1) What is growth of child

sexual exploitation in San Bernardino County? Secondary data utilizing the city of San Bernardino’s arrest records for sexual offenses from the years 2015 to 2019 was analyzed to look at trends of crime against minors. What was found was that virtually all crimes found were committed by women and a very insignificant amount of crimes committed against minors were reported. There was a lack of reporting on sexual crimes against children, although these crimes are known to be prevalent in this area from information from local task forces. Implications of this disconnect between the study’s findings and information from local task forces is discussed, and implications of the arrests that do occur are discussed.