Victims of live-streamed
child sexual abuse

  • Many victims of voluntarily or induced live-streamed child sexual abuse come from the US and Europe.
  • Victims of distant live-streamed child sexual abuse come primarily from Asia, but also from Europe, Russia and the US.

The surveyed police officers were asked (based on their investigations) to specify from where victims of live-streamed child sexual abuse come, based on category of type of live-streaming.

Many victims of voluntarily or induced live-streamed child sexual abuse come from the US and Europe

Responses were similar for ‘voluntarily self-produced live-streamed child sexual abuse material’ and ‘induced self-produced live-streamed child sexual abuse material’. Answers indicated that victims are primarily from North America and Europe. Nearly half of the respondents answered that victims come from the US (slightly lower for induced child sexual abuse), whereas one third answered that they come from Europe.

For North America most respondents answered that victims are from the US, but Canada and Mexico were also mentioned.

For Europe, the countries mentioned reflect where the respondents are from. Countries mentioned include the United Kingdom, Sweden, Denmark, Norway, Germany, Ireland, the Netherlands, Switzerland, Austria, Spain, Greece, France, Italy, Austria, Latvia, Romania, Slovenia, and Croatia.

The country where they operate

At first glance, the results showed that the victims come primarily from the US and Europe. However, when the results were matched against the location of the respondents, more than eighty percent listed their own country. This indicates that the results may be skewed to primarily reflect that the large majority of police officers work on investigations close to home, therefore not accurately painting a picture of the global situation.

It is therefore possible to conclude from the results that many victims of both voluntarily and induced live-streaming come from the US and Europe. But it is not possible to conclude what the frequency of this type of live-streamed child sexual abuse is in other parts of the world.

Eastern Europe, Russia and Asia

When looking at the countries that the respondents mentioned instead of or in addition to their own country, nearly a quarter still mentioned Europe and nearly one fifth answered the US. Some geographical areas and countries, from where there were no of very few respondents, were also repeatedly mentioned. These were primarily Eastern Europe, Russia and Asia.

Locations of victims of voluntarily self-produced live-streamed child sexual abuse and induced self-produced live-streamed child sexual abuse

“ Everywhere, including UK, US, Russia, Europe etc as well as third world countries.”

“ UK, US, Russia, Eastern European countries.”

“ All over the world, UK, Eastern Europe, Asia, US.”

Victims of distant live-streamed child sexual abuse come primarily from Asia, but also from Europe, Russia and the US

According to the surveyed police officers, victims of distant live-streamed child sexual abuse (webcam shows) are primarily from Asia. More than four in ten of the respondents mentioned Asia, and nearly one fifth mentioned the Philippines specifically. Other Asian countries that were mentioned were Thailand, Cambodia, Vietnam, Taiwan, Malaysia, Korea and India.

“ Philippines, Taiwan, India, Cambodia.”

“ Asian countries.”

“ The cases we have seen are primarily from the Philippines.”

Europe and Russia

In addition to Asia, fourteen percent of the respondents reported that victims of distant live-streamed abuse come from Europe. One in twenty police officers (5.4 %) specified Eastern European countries and one in twenty (6.3 %) mentioned countries in Western Europe. Nearly one in ten also reported that victims are from Russia and the US.

“ Mainly seen to originate in the old Eastern block/Eastern Europe and Russia.”

“ I see these cases more common out of eastern Europe.”

“ Western Europe.”

Different countries to their own

In contrast to the other two types of live-streamed child sexual abuse, more than seventy percent of the respondents answered a different country to their own when looking at distant live-streamed sexual abuse. A large majority answered Asia, followed by Europe (with a slight weight towards Eastern Europe) and Russia.

Unable to answer

Also in contrast to the other two categories, more than one fifth of the respondents answered that they did not know the answer to where victims of distant live-streamed sexual abuse are located. This is probably connected to the first question about live-streaming, where four in ten respondents answered that evidence of live-streamed child sexual abuse was uncommon or very uncommon in their investigations.

“ As said previously these type of cases are uncommon.”

“ Have not encountered this type of case.”

Breakdown of the share of respondents that answered either the country where they operate, this country in addition to other countries, or solely other countries when asked where victims are from

Countries mentioned in addition to or instead of where the respondents operate

Comment to insight 1-3

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