Online child sexual exploitation and abuse in times of the COVID-19 pandemic
- Ovidiu MĂJINĂ, Council of Europe, End Online Child Sexual Exploitation and Abuse @Europe
- Cathal DELANEY, Europol, Europol Response to Online CSEA in the COVID-19 Pandemic
- İbrahim ÖZDEMİR, Turkish National Police, Case Study: Online Child Sexual Exploitation and Abuse in Times of the COVID-19 Pandemic
- Guillermo GALARZA, ICMEC, Online Child Sexual Exploitation Capacity Building
The Covid-19 pandemic impacts individuals and societies and therefore many areas rely more than ever on the technology. Criminals also see the opportunity to adapt to the changes that occur in society and in relation to their potential victims and, as the pandemic didn’t disappear overnight, they also shifted their criminal activities to the online world.
Children are also vulnerable to the increasing online threats being more present on the Internet given that also school classes are conducted remotely.
According to Europol’s Director, Catherine De Bolle, the European Union Agency for Law Enforcement Cooperation detected increased online activity by "those seeking child sexual abuse material" in these times of coronavirus pandemic.
The webinar aims at presenting the international legal standards and related support regarding operational cooperation and capacity building provided by international organizations to criminal justice authorities to properly address challenges on OCSEA.
It may also serve as an awareness raising session and an alarm signal in relation to the online dangers that lurk and might affect children worldwide.
During the webinar participants are encouraged to share best practices and experiences on tackling OCSEA cases during the COVID-19 pandemic.
- Increase knowledge on the current threats of Online Child Sexual Exploitation and Abuse in the context of COVID-19;
- Acquainted with the capacities required for criminal justice authorities to properly respond to this phenomenon;
- Lear more about the international tools available on operational cooperation and Law Enforcement training programs.
- Council of Europe, The Budapest Convention
- Council of Europe, Lanzarote Convention
- Council of Europe, Cybercrime and COVID-19
- iPROCEEDS-2 Project
- EndOCSEA@Europe Project
- Europol COVID-19: Child sexual exploitation
- Euroobserver: Worrying' increase in online child abuse
- International Centre for Missing & Exploited Children (ICMEC): Child Sexual Abuse Material: Model Legislation & Global Review
- Cybercrime Convention Committee (T-CY) : Mapping study on cyberviolence with recommendations adopted by the T-CY on 9 July 2018
- Cybercrime Convention Committee (T-CY) : Strengthening Cooperation between Law Enforcement and the Private Sector. Examples of how the Private Sector has blocked child pornographic sites