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Child Sexual Exploitation: Why Theory Matters$
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Jenny Pearce

Print publication date: 2019

Print ISBN-13: 9781447351412

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: September 2020

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781447351412.001.0001

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‘Losing track of morality’: understanding online forces and dynamics conducive to child sexual exploitation

‘Losing track of morality’: understanding online forces and dynamics conducive to child sexual exploitation

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Child Sexual Exploitation: Why Theory Matters
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Elly Hanson

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Policy Press
DOI:10.1332/policypress/9781447351412.003.0005

This chapter argues that the ideology of cyberlibertarianism, combined with organisational social processes and the impact of power, have contributed to tech corporations acting in ways that facilitate child sexual exploitation (CSE; both directly and indirectly). Relatedly, cyberlibertarianism has contributed to online spaces and processes being understood and approached as freer from social and moral concerns than others. Thus, the chapter specifically explores how the evolution, design, and control of the Internet and digital technology have been conducive to CSE. Four key (interrelated) online routes to increased CSE are highlighted involving online sex offending psychology, the online porn industry, online ‘escort’ agencies, and the interaction of social media and gaming platforms with adolescent developmental proclivities. Practice and policy implications of this ‘big picture’ perspective of online contributors to CSE are then explored.

Keywords:   cyberlibertarianism, Internet, digital technology, tech corporations, organisational social processes, online sex offending, online porn industry, online escort agencies, social media, gaming platforms

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