Child sexual exploitation and abuse in South East Asia
About this talk
The COVID-19 pandemic has accelerated the growth of a number of criminal markets, particularly those with online components. Among those, child sexual exploitation and abuse (CSEA) experienced a multi-fold increase during lockdowns reinforcing the urgency with which this heinous crime needs to be disrupted. This panel will discuss current key trends of CSEA and the role of organized criminal groups in Southeast Asia with a particular focus on Thailand and Vietnam. It will also look at the role of social media as well as prevention and protection efforts in place across the region to curb the phenomenon.