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International and internet child sexual abuse: The typology, extent and nature of known causes,\ud and their implication for policy and practice

By Bernard Gallagher and University of Huddersfield Centre for Applied Childhood Studies


There has, in recent years, been a\ud growing awareness and concern\ud over cases of child sexual abuse\ud which have an international dimension\ud or which involve the internet. This has led\ud to a series of developments in policy and\ud practice. In terms of legislation, this\ud includes passing of, for example, the\ud Sexual Offenders Act 1997, allowing for\ud the prosecution in the UK, of British citizens\ud for sexual offences they have committed\ud abroad1, the Criminal Justice and\ud Court Services Act 2000, which increased\ud the maximum penalty for the possession,\ud taking and distribution, of child pornography\ud to 5 years and 10 years imprisonment\ud respectively2, and the Sexual\ud Offences Act 2003, with its provisions\ud against the trafficking and grooming of\ud children (both online and offline). Beyond\ud legislation, other measures comprise, for\ud instance, the setting up of the Home\ud Office Task Force on Child Protection on\ud the Internet3, establishment of the Child\ud Exploitation and Online Protection (CEOP)\ud Centre4 and special police operations to\ud monitor unaccompanied children entering\ud the UK5

Topics: HN, H1, QA75
Publisher: The Children's Legal Centre
Year: 2007
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