Police charged 240 Queensland children, aged between 10 and 17, for producing and distributing child pornography in first five months of 2013, official figures reveal.

The data, obtained by Fairfax Media, shows the number of youths charged so far this year accounts for nearly 40 per cent of all youths charged since 2009, indicating steep growth in “sexting”.

By contrast, 158 youths were charged in 2009, including six girls and 17 boys from the Brisbane region, comprising the Metropolitan North and South districts.

This year, 19 girls and 40 boys from the Brisbane area have been charged with 74 offences relating to producing, possessing or distributing child exploitation or pornography material.

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