28.10.2021

Live streaming of child sexual abuse: An analysis of offender chat logs

Live streaming of child sexual abuse presents challenges for law enforcement and policy development. This study analysed chat logs from seven offenders who watched and directed the sexual abuse of 74 children (mostly in the Philippines) via live stream. The study found that offenders paid facilitators and victims very small amounts of money (median A$51) to view the sexual abuse of children, and used mainstream messaging and video platforms (eg Facebook) to communicate and transmit the abusive materials.

Two key factors emerged from this study that present potential points for intervention and disruption: payment characteristics (such as price ranges and the use of remittance services) and messaging platforms where offenders view CSA live streaming.

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