The effect on telephone sex of children

In collaboration with the U.S. Department of Justice, I investigated how children (10–13 years old) interact with sexual telephone services.



While I was conducting these studies, in America a child of any age could freely dial a number from any end of the country and listen to what a “porn star” on the other end of the line said to him. All that was required was to know the number, which was not difficult to find. If the parents blocked these numbers on the home telephone, the child simply found another device.


All children participating in the study were addictive. Without a single exception, all children (both girls and boys) developed addiction to telephone sex, and they made repeated calls. In some cases, children made more than 300 long distance calls.


One 12-year-old boy from Hayward, Calif., Dialed a number and spent about two hours on the line while in the empty office of a church pastor between Sunday church events. A few days later he tried to persuade a girl in kindergarten to have sex. Prior to making calls, he had never encountered pornography. He did not commit any sexual acts, and his behavior at home did not raise any questions. He had never heard and knew nothing about oral sex before that call. He tried to persuade the girl to oral sex, repeating exactly what he heard on the phone.


Since the study, Congress enacted a law prohibiting obscene conversations in the context of telephone sex and tightened access to the service. Nevertheless, many telephone services calling to call a porn star continue to exist, directly violating the law, but neither the Ministry of Justice, nor the Federal Communications Commission suppress these facts.

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