Studies in Child Protection: Technology-Facilitated Child Sex Trafficking

Contributed by a member of the RISE Community • July 10th, 2019

Trafficking of children for sexual purposes, or child sex trafficking, is defined internationally as: the recruitment, transportation, transfer, harbouring or receipt of persons, by means of the threat or use of force or other forms of coercion, of abduction, of fraud, of deception, of the abuse of power or of a position of vulnerability or of the giving or receiving of payments or benefits to achieve the consent of a person having control over another person, for the purpose of exploitation. The Internet and related technologies are increasingly becoming the predominant mechanism by which children are lured, entrapped, and forced into modern-day enslavement for sexual purposes. While child sex trafficking is not a new crime, the use of technology to facilitate this crime is. As the Internet is highly unregulated and provides anonymity, accessibility, and global reach, the use of technology by traffickers will likely become even more prevalent.

Leave a Reply

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.