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Online Child Sexual Exploitation

Resources for Healthcare Professionals Regarding Online Child Sexual Exploitation

The Problem

Growing global access to the internet carries numerous benefits, but also important risks.  Online child sexual exploitation (OCSE) involves grooming children for sexual abuse, producing and distributing child sexual abuse materials (CSAM), ‘sextortion’ and buying/selling of children.  OCSE is associated with significant adverse health and mental health consequences that are important for health professionals to recognize.

The Resources

This section provides healthcare professionals with information on the dynamics of OCSE, its health impact, risk factors, and potential indicators of victimization.