About Online Child Sexual Exploitation

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What is Online Child Sexual Exploitation?

Online child sexual exploitation (OCSE) is one of the most disturbing public safety issues facing society today. It continues to harm past and present generations of children in Canada and abroad. Online child sexual exploitation includes:

Statistics on Online Child Sexual Exploitation

Online child sexual exploitation and abuse is on the rise in Canada.

Since 2014 when national cybercrime data first became available, the number of police-reported incidents where the victim was identified have nearly tripled. From 2019 to 2020, during the first year of the COVID-19 pandemic, incidents increased by 25%.

But with only a fraction of incidents brought to the attention of police and the courts, the scale of this problem in our society is greater than official data suggests


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    Visit Statistics Canada’s "Online Child Sexual Exploitation and Abuse " Juristat, for more police-reported data on online child sexual exploitation and abuse, as reported by police services and courts in Canada between 2014 and 2020.

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