Published 15 May 2018
This Study aimed to examine characteristics of captures of live-streamed child sexual abuse in distribution online.
IWF is in an almost unique position in being able to provide data about the volume and characteristics of captures of live-streamed child sexual abuse in distribution online, including the websites where this content is being displayed. Due to the legal issues inherent in viewing this imagery, there is a lack of research into its online availability, the individuals depicted, the methods of production of the content or the way in which it is being distributed online. As such, the purpose of this Study was to enhance the existing evidence-base, enabling stakeholders working in all aspects of online child protection to facilitate improved service provision.
The questions this Study sought to address were:
- How do the methods of creation/distribution of captures of live-streamed child sexual abuse, the characteristics of the individuals depicted and the category of the sexual activity depicted vary in relation to the age ranges depicted?
- What can be learned from an examination of the characteristics of the individuals depicted and/or the distribution methods of this content which may inform strategies for disruption/intervention?
The research was conducted over a three-month period (August to October 2017) with funding support from Microsoft.
Trends in Online Child Sexual Exploitation: Examining the Distribution of Captures of Live-streamed Child Sexual Abuse (PDF 719KB)