A new frontier of child sexual exploitation is largely operated in the deep corners of the internet’s, ‘Dark Web’ which offers users anonymity through complicated encryption processes and has become a haven for paedophiles. Estimates suggest four out of five visits to these hidden websites are related to child sexual exploitation. The National Centre for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC) in Washington US is the world centre for receiving reports of child sexual exploitation images. They are now reviewing almost half a million images each week – over 25 million annually with the majority of victims being girls and boys under 10 years of age. A recent statistic from the Australian Federal Police (AFP) notes 13,701 reports of child exploitation have been received by them since Jan 2018. Each report can contain hundreds and thousands of images and videos.
Child Sexual Abuse Material
The Dark Web
Each year over 25 million online child sexual abuse images are reviewed by law enforcement.
Child sexual abuse material is content depicting sexually explicit activities involving a child. This content includes photographs, videos and computer-generated images. It is circulated primarily through peer-to-peer networks housed deep within the Dark Web and acquired for personal consumption. The demand for child sexual exploitation imagery is growing at an alarming rate worldwide and Australian offenders are amongst the most prolific.
Defend children from online exploitation.
The immediate and long-term effects of online child sexual exploitation are catastrophic for the child victims. Not only does the child suffer at the time of the crime, but the harm is compounded once the images are distributed and additional paedophiles use them for sexual gratification.
There is no way to estimate the number of times any one image or video may be distributed. The victimization of the child occurs each and every time the image is viewed, shared or downloaded. Further to that, these images are impossible to remove from the cyber environment and will continue to exist indefinitely. The psychological, physical and emotional repercussions of this are devastating and we don’t really understand yet the continuing effects this will have on the child victims as they go through life with this knowledge.
IF YOU OR A CHILD YOU KNOW IS IN IMMEDIATE DANGER CALL TRIPLE ZERO ON 000, CRIMESTOPPERS ON 1800 333 000 OR YOUR LOCAL POLICE.
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