With the exponential increase in reports of online exploitation, research is vital to inform prevention and education.
The ACCCE works in partnership with many organisations to commission and provide input into research efforts to help combat online child sexual exploitation.
To better understand the online child sexual exploitation space, the ACCCE commissioned market research into the current awareness, perceptions and attitudes of online child sexual exploitation in Australia. Released in early 2020, the research highlights that education and prevention plays a critical role to counter the ever-increasing number of child exploitation reports received each year.
In the 2021-22 financial year, the ACCCE Child Protection Triage Unit received more than 36,000 reports of child sexual exploitation. Each report contains images and videos of children being sexually assaulted or exploited for the sexual gratification of child sex offenders. The AFP charged a total of 221 offenders with 1746 child exploitation related offences in the 2021-22 financial year.