Human trafficking and child sexual abuse are serious issues that are unfortunately enabled by the the ability to anonomously share data on the internet.
According to the World Health Organization (WHO), 1 in 5 women and 1 in 13 men report having been sexually abused as a child. The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children’s (NCMEC) CyberTipline averages approximately one million reports of child sexual exploitation each month and has received, in total, more than 45 million reports.
This abuse can have lasting consequences, with nearly 70% of respondents surveyed stating they constantly worry about being recognized by someone who has seen images or videos of their abuse online. In fact, 30 respondents to the survey had been recognized by someone who saw photos or videos of their abuse.
Online criminals exploit these victims; the business of human trafficking generates an estimated $150 billion worth of funds that get directed to criminal groups and affects an estimated 25 million people annually.
A proactive and collaborative approach must be taken by technology and internet service providers to address the illegal activity that occurs through their services.