Online Child Sexual Exploitation: Towards an Optimal International Response

40 Pages Posted: 11 Sep 2018

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Victoria Baines

Bournemouth University - School of Computing

Date Written: August 29, 2018


This research identifies opportunities for improvement in the international response to the range of criminal activities known as online child sexual exploitation (OCSE). Drawing on a review of academic and grey literature, and using the techniques of visioning and horizon scanning, it maps the functions of an optimal international response, and compares this ideal to existing responses from the global stakeholder community. Horizon scanning serves specifically to provide foresight of emerging technological and social developments with potential to impact on the effectiveness of responses to OCSE. Opportunities for greater international coordination are identified in respect of transnational data transfer for criminal justice procedures, fast-time crisis response to live incidents of OCSE, and analysis that is truly representative of all countries and sectors, regularly updated and forward looking.

Keywords: internet safety, cybersecurity, law enforcement, child protection, safety, security, policy, governance, policing

Suggested Citation

Baines, Victoria, Online Child Sexual Exploitation: Towards an Optimal International Response (August 29, 2018). Available at SSRN: or

Victoria Baines (Contact Author)

Bournemouth University - School of Computing ( email )

Fern Barrow
Poole BH12 5BB, Dorset BH8 8EB
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