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Martin said investigators were continuing to try to identify other photographers who worked for the company.Webe Web first drew scrutiny in 2001, when NBC's Miami affiliate, WTVJ, reported that the company was operating a handful of Web sites featuring young girls wearing bathing suits and other skimpy outfits and charging “members” to view additional photos.

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New laws needed, advocate says “Just winning a case is not going to affect anything unless this brings to light what’s going on,” said Austen, who also runs the Thursday’s Child hot line for teenage runaways.

He also said that while some defend the “modeling” sites as harmless, they desensitize the young girls to sex.

The filing of criminal charges against Webe Web is at least the second federal criminal case brought against operators of Web sites featuring minors in provocative poses.

Two Utah men, Matthew Duhamel and Charles Granere, are facing federal child pornography charges for a child modeling site that featured minors in lingerie. But Frederick Lane, a lawyer who specializes in Internet issues and author of "Obscene Profits: The Entrepreneurs of Pornography in the Cyber Age," said it is an open question whether the hardball legal tactic will prove effective.

“It was really hard.” Once they left, the woman said she “went straight to the FBI” in Birmingham and told them what Pierson had done.

Authorities seek other photographers It is not known how many children Pierson photographed for Webe Web, but Martin said he was responsible for about 30 percent of the photos on the 60 or so sites that the company hosted from the Netherlands and has told prosecutors that the company paid him 0,000 for his work.

She said she naively answered an online advertisement for preteen models several years ago so that her then-10-year-old daughter could begin to build a portfolio.

She and her daughter drove to Pierson’s home studio, where they met the photographer, his wife and the couple’s 12-year-old daughter. “They said she would have a Web site so that people looking for models would offer her jobs.” Mother recounts her horror The woman said that everything seemed on the up and up during the initial visit, which included some test shots of the girl wearing different outfits, so she signed a contract.

Phone calls to the company offices and the homes of Libman and Greenberg were not answered.

interviewed the woman whose complaint triggered the investigation of Pierson and Webe Web, who agreed to talk on the condition that neither she nor her daughter be identified.

Some are posed with facial expressions and in positions that suggest a willingness to engage in sexual activity.” If convicted of all charges, Greenberg and Libman could be sent to prison for up to 20 years and fined up to 0,000 for each count.

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