Webcam Child Sex Tourism – Relatório da Terre des Hommes

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Rising Internet usage rates and persistent poverty in the developing world have fostered the emergence of a rapidly growing new form of online child sexual exploitation. “Webcam Child Sex Tourism” (WCST) takes place when adults pay or offer other rewards in order to direct and view live streaming video footage of children in another country performing sexual acts in front of a webcam.

Terre des Hommes Netherlands works to end child exploitation and to assist victims around the world. In recent years, they have been overwhelmed by the surging number of child victims of WCST in the Philippines. What started as research into the WCST trade led them to a viable solution to this global problem. They found that the legal framework prohibiting WCST widely exists, but governments are not adequately enforcing their own child protection laws when the victims are located outside of their borders.

This led them to wonder how often WCST actually takes place online. Four Terre des Hommes
Netherlands researchers spent 10 weeks posing as prepubertal Filipino girls on 19 public chat rooms. During that short period, a total of 20,172 predators from 71 countries committed crimes by soliciting the wcst research researchers, whom the predators believed to be minors, for paid webcam sex performances. This report is the most comprehensive study on WCST undertaken to date. However, the findings of the research, while alarming, only provide a small glimpse into how vast the phenomenon of WCST actually is.

If action is not taken, Terre des Hommes Netherlands fear that WCST will spiral as far out of control as the online child pornography industry, which is now a multi-billion dollar international trade that law enforcement agencies cannot reign in.

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