Kailash Satyarthi For Action Against Online Child Sex Abuse
New York: Kailash Satyarthi, the Nobel laureate and advocate for children’s rights, has called for the adoption of a legally-binding international convention outlawing online child sex abuse and pornography, an evil that has proliferated into a $8 billion curse of the digital age. “We are demanding an international convention against child sex abuse, and online pronography that should be supported by a new global task force — an inter-agency, inter-governmental task force — to combat child trafficking, child pronography, online child pornography and sexual abuse,” he said in an interview to IANS on Thursday.
Child pornography and sexual abuse using digital technology are growing unchecked without such an UN convention into a $8 billion-industry, he said. When governments shut down such websites, they sprout elsewhere because there is no international regime to control them effectively, he said. He also demanded the creation of an international database and registry of child traffickers that would be hosted by Interpol and connect national and international law enforcement enabling access to comprehensive and timely information to crack down on traffickers and networks.
“It’s very sad and rather strange that in spite of all the technological advancement the world has been able to make and make so fast, we are not able to control the organised crime of human trafficking and that has become a $150 billion industry,” he said. (IANS)