Newsletter of the "No Grey Areas of Child Sexual Exploitation" network

  • Hotlines
  • 22/08/2018
  • No Grey Areas of Child Sexual Exploitation network

Images of children sexual exploitation is an ongoing issue on the internet. These images range from depictions of sexual abuse to the presentation of children as sex objects and even everyday photos tagged with sexualised comments.

While explicit depictions of abuse are illegal globally, there are many countries that tolerate images in a legal "grey area". However, these also violate the rights of children, perpetuate abuse, and symbolically promote the sexual availability of children.
With the aim of banning any sexual exploitation of children on the internet, the network "No Grey Areas" was established in 2014 under the auspices of the German Federal Ministry for Family Affairs, Senior Citizens, Women and Youth (BMFSFJ). The Voluntary Self-Regulation of Multimedia Providers (FSM), Google, the preventive network "Kein T├Ąter werden" ("Don't Offend") and have been working together on this project.
The newsletter of the "No Grey Areas" network provides information on new insights gained from researching the grey areas, for example, which service providers most frequently circulate images of posing or the role these depictions play on the Usenet.
Additionally, the newsletter reports on efforts to combat grey area activities at various levels. In over 90 per cent of the cases registered, the German hotlines were successful in eliminating depictions of sexualised poses. The Google subsidiary YouTube also takes action against any material on its platform containing sexualised depictions of minors.
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