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Webcam Child Prostitution: An Exploration of Current and Futuristic Methods of Detection

AÇAR, Kemal Veli

K. Jaishankar

Webcam Child Prostitution (WCP) is an emerging form of online child sexual abuse which the victim simply sells his/her live sexual images through Voice-over IP (VoIP) applications. Although it doesn’t directly create some of the negative effects of traditional child prostitution such as sexual transmitted diseases, it may provide future abusers and victims to traditional child prostitution and child sex tourism. Therefore, appropriate and effective prevention strategies for this heinous act should be introduced accordingly. In this respect, this article discuss the efficiency of current methods of detection and propose some futuristic methods such as metadata and content analysis of VoIP communications by private sector and fully automated chatbot for undercover operations. Applicability of such new methods in real life heavily relies on legal amendments and it also requires further research on technical aspects.

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