Online Child Sexual Exploitation



Author: Theo Noten
Imprint: Bangkok, May/2017
Resource Type: Documents
Document Type: Guideline / Guía
Explotation Type: Online CSEC / ESCNNA en línea
Actor: Children / Ninos Law enforcement / Fuerzas del orden Private sector / Empresas e industrias activas
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Online child sexual exploitation is a global, fast-evolving problem which demands a comprehensive response. ECPAT works to increase the knowledge and to build the capacities of its members and other  stakeholders in combating the issue of online child sexual exploitation. In order to be able to effectively work on a solution, the starting point is for all stakeholders to recognise what the problem is. This requires – at minimum –a baseline understanding of the various manifestations and on how offenders victimise children. Additionally, it is important to use a common language when discussing any approach to this problem, to ensure comprehension and prevent misperceptions about the nature and severity of this issue. Ideally, these shared notions should also be captured in national and regional legal frameworks criminalising and punishing such conducts with proportionate and dissuasive sanctions.


This booklet contains three series of factsheets related to online child sexual exploitation providing easy, ready-to-use resources to anyone interested in getting a better grasp of this issue. The first series is comprised of factsheets describing different manifestations of online child sexual exploitation. The second series covers the five relevant regional and/or international legal frameworks containing provisions regarding one or more of the manifestations of online child sexual exploitation. Finally, the third series consists of Internet and Technology factsheets describing terms and tools which are relevant to understand the Internet and how different technologies are (potentially) used by child sex offenders or those trying to obstruct the perpetrators.