A third of the world’s child porn is flagged off in India, Indonesia and Thailand

A third of the world’s child porn is flagged off in India, Indonesia and Thailand TOI, BCCL, BENGALURU

  • India reported maximum number of online child sexual abuse imagery (CSAI) cases, followed by Thailand, shows the data by US-based National Centre for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC).
  • It accounts for 3.88 million such cases filed between 1998 and 2017.
  • As per the Ministry of Law and Justice, there are over 100 pending child abuse cases across 389 districts in India.
  • The other countries which rank high in 10 CSAI are Mexico, Bangladesh, United States, Brazil, Vietnam, Algeria and Pakistan.
India reported maximum number of online child sexual abuse imagery (CSAI) cases, followed by Thailand, shows the data by US-based National Centre for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC). NCMEC is the largest clearing house for the CSAI content shared on online platforms.

According to the report, India accounts for 3.88 million such cases filed between 1998 and 2017. This is despite the fact that India is estimated to have merely 11.9 per 1,000 internet users — which is way less than Iraq and Thailand.

As per the Ministry of Law and Justice, there are over 100 pending child abuse cases under the (POCSO) act — Protection of Children from Sexual Offences — across 389 districts in India, News18 reported.

The new amendments in the act seeks a gender-neutral approach on offences against children, aiming to protect its 430 million children, regardless of the gender. Under this, those convicted relating to child pornography will receive a five-year jail term.

The other countries which rank high in CSAI are Mexico, Bangladesh, United States, Brazil, Vietnam, Algeria and Pakistan. However, India, Indonesia and Thailand constitute of more than a third (37%) of the cases reported.

Overall, of the 23 million cases, nearly two in every five reports (40%) were filed in 2017. The NCMEC received 5.7 lakh reports during the first ten years of operation.

“The data shows that ten years ago, 70% of CSAI reports reflected abuse in the Americas. Today, 68% of reports are related to abuse in Asia, 19% in the Americas, 6% in Europe, and 7% in Africa. Also, 84% of the detected CSAI images and 91% of the videos are reported only once,” TOI reported citing the findings from the report.

The countries are flagged on the basis of the locations of the IP addresses of such abuse, and victims. However, change in geographical locations due to VPN and proxy networks may affect the accuracy of the results.

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