Sexual Exploitation of Children in a Digital Era

International conference


The West Bengal Commission for the Protection of Child Rights (WBCPCR) in partnership with
International Justice Mission (IJM) organised a two-day International Conference on “Sexual
Exploitation of Children in a Digital Era” in Kolkata at the Biswa Bangla Convention Centre on 14th
and 15th December, 2018.

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International delegates from 15 countries including United States of America, Netherlands, Canada, Philippines, Uganda, Kenya, Germany and the SAARC Countries were present. Experts from varying domains shared their learnings and recommendations. The corporate representatives included Tata Consultancy Services, Deloitte India, PriceWaterCooperhouse, Facebook, Senior Police officials, Chairpersons of Child Commissions, Members of Judiciary and State Governments, corporates, civil society organisations, academics, schools and media were among the panels and participants.
The conference was the first-of its kind to discuss about the modus opernandi of criminals employed to exploit children through.

The following themes were touched upon the following sessions:


The Dark Side of Technology

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  • Online sexual exploitation of children is growing into a transnational crime.
  • The modus operandi of trackers and criminals is becoming unpredictable.
  • Networks of criminals continue to expand and broaden.
  • Multi layered nature of dark web crimes impedes law enforcement investigations.
  • Exponential growth of online exploitation of children given insufficient current legal provision to criminalise.


Road Blocks Faced by the Criminal Justice System

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  • Push and pull factors, lack of income and social security.
  • Online sexual exploitation of children the new normal- impedes reporting behaviour.
  • Organized and transnational nature of the crime hinders process of identification, acquisition, preservation, analysis and documentation of digital evidence.
  • Awareness programs has limited reach to rural areas which are the source areas.
  • Uncharted knowledge on psychological rehabilitation of victims facing online exploitation.


Networks that ends Impunity

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  • Cyber security community needs to generate awareness on this issue.
  • Capacity building and skill upgradation of law enforcement is the key to combat online exploitation of children.
  • Regional rerouting traffic to enable law enforcement to address transnational crimes,
  • Involve global stakeholders in combatting online sexual exploitation.


Generating Ideas/ Recommendations for Governing Bodies

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  • Gaming platforms could aid prevention of children from online exploitation.
  • Active collaboration between criminal justice system and key stakeholders is the need of the hour to combat online sexual exploitation of children.
  • Existing schemes for survivors of trafficking needs to be reviewed.
  • Protection of children from online exploitation is a global responsibility.
  • Children’s voices can be leveraged to better address the crime.
  • Government involvement is key to resolve this crime.