Around the world, Internet luring has become a growing concern. Youth receive unwanted sexual comments online or are even asked by someone they know only online to meet in person. Perpetrators often gradually seduce their victims through attention, affection, kindness and even gifts. In 2002, the Canadian Criminal Code was amended to include a new Internet luring offence, which makes it illegal to communicate with anyone under the age of 18 years for the purpose of committing a sexual offence.
Child sexual abuse materials (CSAM) is the permanent record of the sexual abuse of a child. It can be an image, audio recording, video, drawing or written story about the sexual assault of a child. Created deliberately, it can be easily shared through online platforms or portable technology devices. Some offenders primarily collect and trade child pornography, while others seek direct meetings with children they have met online.
Sextortion is a form of blackmail, when someone threatens to send a sexual image or video of you to other people unless you pay them in money or goods, or provide them with more sexual content.
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