Child sexual abuse streamed live over the internet on services like Skype has been flagged as an emerging threat by experts.
The Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre (Ceop) - the police division charged with tackling child abuse - reports that it has seen in increase in this type of activity in 2012.
In its annual threat assessment of child sexual exploitation and abuse, Ceop said that offenders tend to target vulnerable families overseas to set up live access to children over webcams in exchange for payment.
Often these families are in developing countries in areas with extreme poverty, rising levels of access to the internet and poor child protection policies, the report said.
More top news
An Irish nanny freed after baby murder charges in the US were dropped describes her 'nightmare' and branded the prosecution a 'scandal'.
A man became so frustrated with noise from a nearby building site that he shot a builder with an air rifle, police say.
A backbench revolt over proposals to ease purdah restrictions on the EU referendum has led to a government climb down.