In a disturbing programme Danish TV2 reports on the rapidly growing form of child abuse that is online child sexual exploitation (OSCE) whereby mostly western men pay to direct and watch live stream sexual abuse of minors as young as 4 years old in the Philippines.
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The Indian government has set up an alliance of government agencies, NGOs and welfare organisations to work together to target the practice of child abuse including online child sex abuse.
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In the aftermath of the highly publicised case of a British paedophile convicted on 71 charges of sex abuse against children in Malaysia and Cambodia the Malaysian cabinet aims to make online child sex abuse a crime and to set up special courts to deal with cases quickly.
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An overwhelming majority in the Dutch House of Representatives last Tuesday approved an amendment to draft Cyber Crime Iegislation which will enable law enforcement to carry out undercover operations and to apply virtual children such as 'Sweetie' in investigating and prosecuting online child sex abusers.
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Under the auspices of "Operation Dark Room" Norwegian police have laid bare a paedophile internet network which promoted and facilitated sexual assaults against children. The scale of the network has astonished the police investigators and with over 50 men already charged the police say the investigation is not over yet.
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This recent report entitled "Children of the Webcam" is an updated version of the 2013 "Fullscreen on View" document which initially detailed the evolving trend in sexual exploitation of children; that of using them to perform live sex acts for paying viewers in foreign countries via internet webcam. 3 years later, Terre des Hommes Netherlands revisits the original findings to ascertain if and how the phenomenon has developed in the interim.
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In this report we address the following problem statement: To what extent is it possible for law enforcement agencies to use Sweetie 2.0 for the investigation and prosecution of webcam sex with minors based on the current criminal law
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A legal report commissioned by Terre des Hommes and Save Sweetie Now! implies that the Sweetie 2.0 project may have to limit its operation to common law countries such as the UK, US, Australia and Canada in order to remain within the law as its future use in the Netherlands may be construed as illegal.
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Hans Guyt, member of the Save Sweetie Now team, visited Cebu in the Philippines in July to brief co-workers there about developments in the Sweetie 2.0 project.
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Australian Federal Police have stated that the number of child exploitation material referrals they have received has doubled in the space of one year, from 4,500 to 11,000.
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Police raid a well-known tourist hotel in Kathmandu after tip-off from Project Watch researchers and finds suspect with 5 children under 14 in bedroom.
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The Save Sweetie Now team of researchers played a significant role in the apprehension of a travelling child abuser who was selling video footage online of himself having sex with a 13 year old girl in the Philippines.
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