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Pedophiles 2.0: On the Trail of the Predators

Along with use of the internet, cases of child sex abuse have exploded in the last ten years. Images of child sex abuse continue to spread at unprecedented rates with tech platforms and law enforcement agencies unable to keep pace with the problem. Certain forums, meant only for children, have become the hunting grounds for sexual predators. And now there’s a new practice on the darknet: the “live stream”. Rape on command.

Today, more than 80% of adolescents use social networks. While many suspects are unmasked and condemned thanks to the contents of their computers, closing the sites on which they exchange photos is much more difficult. In the UK, groups of vigilante paedophile hunters pose as children to trap predators. These groups have led to 1,000 paedophile arrests in the United Kingdom. But their tactics are controversial and eight people accused by them have committed suicide since 2013.

To avoid detection, more and more pedophiles turn to the darknet. There, the latest trend is the live stream. From behind their computer screen, paedophiles pay for child abuse that is carried out live on camera. Most of these remotely-financed rapes take place in South East Asia, often by the victims’ parents. We join the police in the Philippines on a raid to rescue one victim.

PRODUCTION INFO

  • Year: 2020
  • Duration: 52 mins
  • Production: Tony Comiti Productions
  • Director: Wendy Zbinden
  • Available Versions: ENG, FRA
  • Country of production: France

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