Trends in online child sexual exploitation: Examining the distribution of captures of live-streamed child sexual abuse

New research by the Internet Watch Foundation (IWF) has revealed statistics on children being groomed, coerced and blackmailed into live-streaming their own sexual abuse over webcams, tablets and mobile phones.

'Online Child Sexual Exploitation: Examining the Distribution of Captures of Live-streamed Child Sexual Abuse' was conducted over a three-month period and identified 2,082 images and videos of live-streamed child sexual abuse.

Key findings from the research:

  • 98% of images found were of children aged 13 and under
  • 28% of images found were aged 10 or under, while the youngest victim was just three-years-old.
  • 96% of victims were girls.
  • 96% showed a child on their own, in a home environment.
  • 18% of the abuse was categorised as Category A, which includes the rape and sexual torture of children.
  • 40% of the abuse was categorised as Category A or B, which indicates serious sexual abuse.
  • 100% of images had been harvested from their original upload locations.

The full IWF research report can be found here.

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