Today, men want younger partners. Some especially sensational cases have been prosecuted. But as a culture, we have few ways to represent or acknowledge children's sexuality, and we seem incapable of dealing with it outside the realm of sexual commodification and commerce.
Policing porn on the Internet is difficult anywhere, says Ralf Mutschke, assistant director of Interpol's criminal division. The common explanation for Japan's tolerance of child porn is that the country is run by a clique of old men with little sensitivity toward women and children. General interest magazines and newspapers also feature erotic photography, as well as advertisements for sex shops and escorts.