Police Scotland has launched a new campaign to warn of the serious consequences facing those who are found guilty of sexually abusing children online.
According to Police Scotland, these crimes include grooming for sexual purposes, online or webcam sexual extortion, live streaming of abuse and possession and sharing of indecent images of children.
It refers to a data snapshot that shows almost a quarter (23%) of people who appeared on the sex offenders register on a selected date in March are there because they have been found guilty of online child sexual abuse offences.
“Online child sexual abuse continues to be an evolving and deeply concerning threat posed by predatory sex offenders, at home and worldwide, and can be perpetrated online at the touch of a button,” explained Assistant Chief Constable Gillian MacDonald. “This requires local, national and international law enforcement capability and partnership prevention action to tackle.”
“We want to speak directly to perpetrators to make it clear that with the click of a mouse, they risk losing everything,” she added. “Any form of online child sexual abuse is a serious criminal offence. The Internet does not provide anonymity - there is no hiding place. We will use the latest technologies and techniques to investigate and combat threats from predatory sex offenders, to identify who and where they are and to arrest them.”
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