THE INTERSECTION OF CHILD SEXUAL EXPLOITATION AND TECHNOLOGY

Technology didn’t create

child sexual exploitation.

It democratized it.

63%

of child sex trafficking survivors were advertised online at some point during their trafficking situation

25,000,000

child sexual abuse images reviewed by The National Center for Missing & Exploited Children annually

57,335

URLs confirmed by Internet Watch Foundation to contain child sexual abuse imagery in 2016

While the Internet and advances in technology over the past few decades have allowed us to create many amazing things, they have also introduced a new threat and dimension to crimes against children.

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Child Sex Trafficking

To fully address trafficking, we must develop an understanding of the complex life cycle of abuse.

Child Sexual Abuse Material

Imagery and videos are most often created with the purpose of being shared widely.

Research in the Field

Informed research helps our team, along with our partners, remain on the cutting edge of technology.

Frequently Asked Questions

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“WE KNOW THAT TECHNOLOGY FACILITATES THE EXPLOITATION OF CHILDREN, BUT WE ALSO KNOW THAT WITHIN TECHNOLOGY RESIDES A SOLUTION.”

– ERNIE ALLEN, FORMER PRESIDENT & CEO,
THE NATIONAL CENTER FOR MISSING AND EXPLOITED CHILDREN