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Regional Overview on Child Sexual Abuse Images through the Use of Information and Communication Technologies in Belarus, Moldova, Russia and Ukraine

Document number
2332
Date
2008
Title
Regional Overview on Child Sexual Abuse Images through the Use of Information and Communication Technologies in Belarus, Moldova, Russia and Ukraine
Author/publisher
ECPAT International
Availability
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Document type(s)
Guidelines/Recommendations, Meeting Documentation/Conference Reports,
Keywords
Child Trafficking, Child Prostitution, Child Pornography, Best Interests Principle, Child Victims of Trafficking, Separated Migrant Children, Unaccompanied minors, Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC), Child protection systems, Family reunification, Guardian, Family Tracing, Age Assessment, Freedom from Detention, Interim Care, Integration, Adoption,
Summary
This regional overview is based on two types of secondary data collection. The first phase of literature reviews was conducted from March to June 2007 in Belarus, Moldova, Russia and Ukraine. The objective of these reviews was to study and analyse the context of the development of child pornography in the four countries. They are based on published and unpublished literature, including media articles, statistical data, reports, case studies, web searches and legal reviews. Individual country reports (unpublished) also provided a preliminary overview of the situation of child abuse images. To consolidate these reports with a more comprehensive understanding of the trends identified, a detailed analysis of cases was commissioned by ECPAT International. This provided some indications on the issue of production and distribution of child abuse images in Moldova, Russia and Ukraine (Belarus was unable to participate in the second phase of the review due to difficulties in accessing in-depth information on cases of child abuse images in the country). This work more clearly exposed key areas and aspects of the problem in the CIS countries studied, including on the ways exploiters operate and victims become trapped.
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