Demand for child pornography increases in Chandigarh, Shimla

LUDHIANA: Chandigarh, Ludhiana and Shimla They are among the northern Indian cities with the highest demand for child pornographic material during the current shutdown period, according to a latest study.

The study report, released by the Indian Child Protection Fund (ICPF) on Monday, stated that the high demand for child pornographic spots for children at serious risk in the region are facing.

Chandigarh was also among the cities where the demand for specific content, where the person was interested in specific actions, age groups, locations, etc., was highest. This indicates that millions of pedophiles, child rapists and child pornography addicts have migrated online, making the Internet extremely unsafe for children. This presents a chilling reality of the extreme threat that Indian children face during this period of confinement.

According to Nivedita Ahuja, spokesperson for ICPF, In our study, trends indicate high demand for child pornography in New Delhi, Ludhiana, Lucknow, Chandigarh, Agra and Shimla in the north, Raipur , Ranchi and Indore in central India, Mumbai, Thane, Pune and Ahmedabad in the west, Imphal, Guwahati, Kolkata, Howrah and Shillong in the east and Bangalore, Kochi and Thiruvananthapuram in southern India. This indicates that millions of pedophiles, child rapists and child pornography addicts have migrated online, making the Internet extremely unsafe for children. This presents a chilling reality of the extreme threat that Indian children face during this period of confinement. The demand for child sexual abuse material indicates that children are more vulnerable to sexual predators. Without strict action, this could result in a drastic increase in sex crimes against children.

Ahuja also added: Since closing, online data monitoring websites show an increase in demand for searches such as 'child pornography', 'sexy sex' and 'teen sex videos'. Data from Pornhub, the world's largest porn website in the world, also reveals that India's traffic increased by 95% between March 24-26, compared to average traffic before the coronavirus. This is a flagrant violation of the instructions of the Supreme Court and a violation of national policy. Websites are playing hide and seek with the Indian law and judiciary by simply changing the URLs of their websites. The government must crack down on child pornography and also initiate a global dialogue for an international convention against child sexual abuse material.

Ahuja also said in its report titled 'Child Sexual Abuse Material in India', ICPF has investigated the demand for child pornography in 100 cities in India. He said overall demand for child pornography averaged 5 million per month in 100 cities on the public website during December 2019, which has now skyrocketed. The report reveals up to a 200% increase in demand for violent content that shows children suffocating, bleeding, and tortured. This suggests that Indian men are not 'satisfied' with generic child pornography and demand violent and exploitative content.

Metropolitan cities, many Tier II cities and capitals, which are seeing a sharp increase in cases, have been singled out by the December study as hotspots for child pornography. The organization has called on authorities to further intensify online surveillance in these cities for potential exploiters.

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