All types of online sexual exploitation and abuse are illegal. If someone is doing things that make you feel uncomfortable, scare you or if someone tries to force you to do something, you could be experiencing sexual exploitation and abuse. You can always call Kids Help Phone at if you need to talk. Knowing the common terms and tactics exploiters use to manipulate people will help you recognize online sexual exploitation and abuse:. Grooming is the name given to tactics used by exploiters to gain your trust. They develop a relationship with you, often using specific strategies like:.
Child sexual exploitation refers to the sexual abuse of a person below the age of 18, as well as to the production of images of such abuse and the sharing of those images online. Online child sexual exploitation is a constantly evolving phenomenon and is shaped by developments in technology. Mobile connectivity, growing internet coverage in developing countries and the development of pay-as-you-go streaming solutions, which provide a high degree of anonymity to the viewer, are furthering the trend in the commercial live-streaming of child sexual abuse. Europol has identified key threats in the area of child sexual exploitation:. To a lesser degree, there is also some evidence that forms of commercial child sexual exploitation such as on-demand live streaming of abuse is also contributing to the rise of the amount of CSEM online.
Back to Healthy body. Each year in England thousands of children and young people are raped or sexually abused. This includes children who have been abducted and trafficked, or beaten, threatened or bribed into having sex.