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Online child exploitation: Challenges and future research directions

Choo, Kim Kwang Raymond; Hillman, Henry; Hooper, Christopher

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Kim Kwang Raymond Choo

Henry Hillman
Associate Lecturer - FBL - LAW - ULAW0001

Christopher Hooper


© 2014 Henry Hillman, Christopher Hooper, Kim-Kwang Raymond Choo. Given the relatively new phenomenon of online child exploitation-an important area of criminological and policy concern-it is difficult to obtain long term trend data on reported convictions. Existing legislative and prosecution-based approaches, while important, are unlikely to be adequate. This analysis of the legislative and prosecution-based responses in five Commonwealth countries (Australia, Canada, New Zealand, South Africa and United Kingdom), highlights the need for clear national and international definitions as the lack of consistency in the international legislative environment creates opportunities for sexual exploitation of children. To provide a multi-faceted and non-prosecutorial approach to address online child exploitation including the commercial exploitation of children, this paper identifies five potential research questions.


Choo, K. K. R., Hillman, H., & Hooper, C. (2014). Online child exploitation: Challenges and future research directions. Computer Law and Security Review, 30(6), 687-698.

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Aug 1, 2014
Online Publication Date Nov 19, 2014
Publication Date Jan 1, 2014
Publicly Available Date Jun 6, 2019
Journal Computer Law and Security Review
Print ISSN 0267-3649
Publisher Elsevier
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 30
Issue 6
Pages 687-698
Keywords online, child exploitation, challenges, future research directions
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