Boys and very young children at greater risk of most severe online sexual exploitation
- INTERPOL and ECPAT International
Ground-breaking research recently released by INTERPOL and ECPAT International into the online sexual exploitation of children suggests that when online images or videos of child sexual abuse depict boys or very young children, the abuse is more likely to be severe.
- Law enforcement officials face multiple challenges in identifying victims and offenders, even with powerful tools such as the ICSE Database.
- A significant proportion (61 per cent) of analysed series contained images and videos that were both abusive and exploitative in character, and in the vast majority of the analysed series from child modelling sites, both abusive and exploitative material was visible.
- Accurate determination of core characteristics of victims such as age is a challenge, particularly across ethnic groups.
- Even though most offenders were male, there are some females involved in the abuse and exploitation of children – and more needs to be understood about this phenomenon.
- The phenomenon of "youth-produced sexual imagery" appears to present a challenge to international law enforcement, both in terms of the detection and integration of this imagery with international image databases, and the identification and classification of its victims.
- European Commission Joint Research Centre
Stéphane Chaudron, who works on research projects dedicated to Empowering Children Rights and Safety in emerging ICT at the Joint Research Centre of the European Commission (EC), reflects on the results of the latest study she has contributed to, with Rosanna Di Gioia and Monica Gemo, entitled "Young Children (0-8) and Digital Technology – A qualitative study across Europe".
- ECPAT Taiwan, the Taiwanese hotline
In the June 2018 edition of the BIK bulletin, we look at hotline trends and issues, hearing also from various members of the INHOPE hotline network. Here, we hear from ECPAT Taiwan on work to combat the online enticement of children.
ECPAT Taiwan highlights issues of online enticement, nude selfies of children and sextortion for SID
- Taiwan Safer Internet Day Committee
On Safer Internet Day 2018, ECPAT Taiwan, in partnership with Facebook, Microsoft Taiwan and the Taiwanese Ministry of Education, held a press conference to raise public awareness on the online safety of children.
The INHOPE network of internet hotlines marked Safer Internet Day (SID) 2018 by way of numerous activities across the world. Hotlines organised a range of events from symposiums to social media campaigns to spread the SID message.
Combatting online child sexual abuse material (CSAM) is an ongoing battle with increasing numbers of invested stakeholders collaborating to do everything possible to keep the internet free of such content. INHOPE (the International Association of Internet Hotlines) hosted a panel discussion during the recent European Commission funded Safer Internet Forum (SIF) to discuss collaboration, bringing in different perspectives from some of the actors who have taken up the fight. The key message that resonated strongly among the panellists was collaboration.