Tuesday, February 7, 2023
Jarecki & Carlson on Technology and International Child Abuse
John Jarecki and Andrea Carlson (University of Dayton School of Law and University of Dayton School of Law) have posted The Trouble with Tech: How Information and Communication Technologies are Making the Problem of International Child Abuse Worse, and What We Can Do About It (Penn State Public Policy Journal, Volume 1 (Spring 2023)) on SSRN. Here is the abstract:
The exponential development of technology in recent years has enabled instant international communication across once-vast distances, moving continents closer together. Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs) in particular have achieved this effect; today both governments and non-state actors have the power to influence events occurring beyond their national borders. In the context of child sex tourism (CST), which the United Nations defines as “the exploitation of children for sexual purposes by people who travel locally or internationally to engage in sexual activities with children,” the disastrous consequences of these technological developments are as self-evident as any serviceable benefits they yield to law enforcement. ICTs worsen the problem globally and facilitate abuse at every step, enabling culprits to groom and procure children on the Internet, communicate with other offenders, and even distribute or live stream instances of abuse.