Child Sexual Assault and Exploitation: How Detectives and Algorithm Engineers Partner to Catch Predators and Rescue Kids
By Lori Cameron
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Child sexual exploitation and trafficking is a serious and widespread epidemic proliferated by the internet’s vast international network of traffickers, pedophiles, and pornographers searching for victims.
However, in spite of legal setbacks, the website shows no sign of stopping.
It’s not just the trafficking. The rape of a child is horrifying enough, but when it is photographed and filmed, the pictures and video perpetuate the misery, making the child a victim over and over again.
Thakor further explains how computing experts are developing even better algorithms to scour the internet quickly for images and video of children being raped or photographed for the purposes of being trafficked or exploited.
The goal is threefold: to find children who are missing, to gather evidence against criminals, and to get the files removed from the internet.
These algorithms are being used by service providers like Facebook and Microsoft to report suspected child abuse images to the NCMEC, as required by the PROTECT Our Children Act of 2008, which Congress passed to provide greater resources for fighting child exploitation and trafficking.
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Lori Cameron is a Senior Writer for the IEEE Computer Society and currently writes regular features for Computer magazine, Computing Edge, and the Computing Now and Magazine Roundup websites. Contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org. Follow her on LinkedIn.