Online Child Sexual Exploitation
Resources for Healthcare Professionals Regarding Online Child Sexual Exploitation
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.
This section provides healthcare professionals with information on the dynamics of OCSE, its health impact, risk factors, and potential indicators of victimization.
Characteristics and Behaviors of Users of Dark Web Suspected of Sexual Offenses (Woodham, 2021)
The impact of technology on the sexual abuse and exploitation of children and young people (Barnardos, 2015)