815% increase in reports of sexual luring of children

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815% increase in reports of child sexual luring

“ All platforms used by children, including Instagram and Snapchat, are places conducive to this kind of situation”, says the spokesperson for the Canadian Center for Child Protection , René Morin,

Reports of computer sex luring of children in Canada are at “unheard of” heights, according to the Canadian Center for Child Protection (CCPE).

The CCPE indicates that the volume of decoy reports increased from 220 in 2018 to 2013 cases by the end of 2022, an increase of 815%.

A combination of factors could explain this increase, according to CCPE spokesperson René Morin, in particular because  children and parents are more vigilant of what is happening on the Internet today than 5 years ago.< /p>

“While the numbers are very high, the reality is even worse than that.

— René Morin, spokesperson for the Canadian Center for Child Protection

The CCPE has observed, during the pandemic, an increase in direct communication between people malicious, on the Internet, and children.

A few years ago, the majority of cases received by our center concerned reports of child pornography, declared René Morin on the program Le 6 à 9.

What is changing over the years is that the offenses reported are situations where individuals will communicate directly with children, through several platforms used by them.

These are usually Instagram and Snapchat social networks, according to Renée Morin. All the platforms used by children, such as game sites, are places conducive to this kind of situation, he says.

These individuals aim to develop relationships, in a sexual purpose, with children. It is these interactions that are of great concern to us, says the CCPE spokesperson.

Computer luring is an offense under the Criminal Code of Canada. It is usually done in the form of electronic communication, between an adult and a child, with the aim of making it easier to commit a sexual offence.

 These people know how to manipulate children to achieve their purposes. Children are not on equal terms with these individuals, says René Morin.

He points out that his organization has recently noticed that international criminal organizations, based in the south-east of the Asia and West Africa, come into contact with children to sextort them.

CCPE Executive Director Lianna McDonald is sounding the alarm over rising reported cases.

This meteoric rise in computer sex luring should worry everyone, says – she in a press release from her organization on the occasion of the World Day for a Safer Internet, celebrated on February 7.

According to René Morin, it is important for parents to establish a discussion with children about online safety.

This should be part of regular conversations with young people.

The CCPE publishes on its website resources to help parents, among other things, to understand and detect child sexual abuse.

René Morin indicates that his organization has already called the federal government to regulate platforms such as Instagram and Snapchat, so that children can enjoy the same protection on the Internet as in the real world life.