New CEOP report on child sex abuse and the hidden internet

The Child Exploitation and Online Protection (CEOP) Centre has released new trends in child sex abuse offending.

Offenders are using new ways to sexually abuse children such as live streaming and use of the ‘hidden internet’ as set out in its annual Threat Assessment of Child Sexual Exploitation and Abuse (TACSEA). This ‘hidden internet’ takes the form of heavily encrypted forums and pages that allow abusers to conceal themselves when accessing indecent images online.

The Telegraph reports that Peter Davies, the chief executive of the Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre (CEOP), warns of a “class of child abusers very proficient in technology” who try to evade detection by finding new means of accessing children online.

The four key threats identified are the proliferation of indecent images of children, online sexual exploitation, transnational child sexual abuse; and contact child sexual abuse.

If you are a parent and are concerned that your child may be at risk we have advice on our general information page.