Rise in child abuse on webcams

There has been a rise in use of webcams and live video streaming for sexually abusing children, according to a new report. It found that vulnerable children in developing countries were often targeted by abusers over the internet.

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Report: More abusers using webcams to exploit children

Child sexual abuse streamed live over the internet on services like Skype has been flagged as an emerging threat by experts.

The reports found that abusers are increasingly using live video services to exploit children Credit: Kirby Urner

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.

Read the full report here.

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