Cybersex Trafficking

What is cybersex trafficking?


Cybersex trafficking is a type of sex trafficking that was unimaginable before the digital age. Suddenly, children are exposed to a global web of predators.


Cybersex trafficking is the live-streaming sexual exploitation of children viewed over the internet. Paedophiles and predators anywhere in the world can now search online and wire a secure payment to an adult who sets up the show. Boys and girls—some under 2 years old—are abused or forced to perform sex acts in front of a webcam.


The more abusive the show, the more the customer pays.


Unlike bars or brothels with a permanent address, cybersex trafficking victims can be moved to and abused in any location with an internet connection and a webcam, or just a mobile phone.


Cybersex trafficking has become a terrifying cottage industry with high profit margins.


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Quick facts

  • > The Philippines receives thousands of cybersex trafficking case referrals a month from the U.S. alone
  • > 54 percent of victims rescued in IJM cases are 1 to 12 years old. The average age of commercial sex trafficking victims was 16-17 years old.
  • > Paedophiles and predators pay A$25 to A$190 for a “sex show” broadcast online.

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