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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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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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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An Australian national was arrested at a Philippine airport after Facebook monitors spotted pornographic images of a 13 year old girl on his account and alerted authorities in the US and Australia.
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Over one tenth of the Filipino population are migrant workers, leaving behind children in the care of others. Many of these children are at risk of being used to feed the demand for online webcam child sex abuse.
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A child sexual exploitation expert at Interpol argues that all companies from large to small should routinely scan their computer networks for child abuse material, just as they do for malware and spam. Some, such as Google, Facebook and Ericsson, do it already as an example of good corporate practice.
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