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ASEAN Child Online Protection Initiative tackles online child exploitation. (Thairath News 23 Feb 2024)

Online media is becoming a 'threat to children and youth' as malicious individuals exploit it as a covert channel to deceive and seek benefits or engage in online sexual exploitation, which is increasingly prevalent day by day.

According to data from the 2021 Stop Dangers in Thailand Research, children aged 12-17 are exposed to internet abuse by strangers or people they know, whether by transmitting images during sex without permission or blackmail. The Threatening children into engaging in sexual acts by promising to give them money or things in return.

The crucial report also indicates that 'children, as victims,' often do not know whom to report to or where to seek help, with only 10-31% reporting incidents and only 1-3% reporting to the police, turning into serious and urgent problems that need immediate attention.

In the second week of February of each year, 'Safer Internet Day' is observed globally. This year, UNICEF collaborated with the Thai government, civil society, and private sectors to organize seminars to create a safer and more inclusive online environment for children and youth. Pol. Lt. Col. Pawat Thongsen, Deputy Director of the Department of Special Investigation (DSI), emphasized that:

'Nowadays, the borderless communication world allows malicious individuals more opportunities to exploit children and youth for commercial sexual exploitation, pornography, and trafficking, with the distribution of images for sale on the online platform, leading to the DSI establishing a specialized center to handle child sexual exploitation cases.'

Recently, there has been an increase in 'foreign nationals' engaging in behaviors related to the sexual exploitation of children in Thailand, often targeting unmarried Thai women with children, exploiting opportunities to engage in sexual abuse, secretly taking photos for blackmail, or engaging in other illegal activities.

The latest has been synchronized to check the video images. Half Thai-German male, both still and movie recordings. It was published on the German dark web, and my daughter didn't understand it.

This has been seen as a trigger for an increase in child sexual abuse. In the old days Detects and shuts down more than 10,000 inappropriate websites a year. But nowadays, tens of thousands of these websites are closed a week. Pornography sites are on the rise, but Thai government agencies are doing it. It detects close quickly as well.

Thai Representative on Children's Rights in the ASEAN Commission The ACWC says that the number of children is increasing every year and there are more and more children who are victims of sexual exploitation, rape, and online photography.

In particular, children in Asia account for the highest proportion of internet access in the world at 72%, while Thai children aged 12-17 have access to the internet at 94%, after the Philippines.

Especially during Covid. It is very beneficial but has many threats such as luring children to fall in love through soft lines and connecting with offline appointments to meet outside. To take them to rape, secretly record "forcibly take money or sell it online". This affects the child physically and mentally greatly.

In this regard, the world has made a declaration on the protection of children from sexual exploitation and abuse. ASEAN Online Children in 2020 has two action plans.

Because sexual harassment laws in ASEAN countries have been in force for a long time. Therefore, the law and the justice system must be adjusted.

Second line... What are the guidelines for child victimization in each country? To support access to child protection systems

From now on, discussions have been held continuously. To modernize the law, it is necessary to set up an agency to take care of online threats, especially in the protection of online threats. Support Services Collect information and exchange various types of threats.

Then use the information to strengthen the protective barrier in the education system for children to be aware of the online threats.

Next, platform groups and communication networks must tackle online threats by establishing laws and regulations for prevention, but regional mechanisms may be needed to drive negotiations with private companies.

Next, the guidelines are formulated by the Declaration on the Promotion, Development, and Implementation of National Legal Frameworks throughout the Member States and must be modernized to keep pace with technology to protect children who are subjected to sexual abuse in all forms of online media.

Therefore, the 10 member countries must come up with a plan of existing laws to compare the differences and adjust them accordingly, such as the possession of pornography as an offense. The only one in ASEAN. Therefore, we must push for the other nine countries to enact this law as well.

However, the approach to reform is defined in three levels: first..."Reform. The law is key to protecting children." Second class... For example, Thailand can claim damages in criminal cases, but in many countries, it does not.

Level Three... Not only arrests but must. Prevent it by defining something precarious as a particular offense. "Child sexual abuse content" in any form involves children in a sexually provocative manner because, in the past, children have been tricked into having live sex in secret groups collecting membership fees.

It can be made substantially by paying the child 500 baht, becoming circular, circumnavigating the world online, and being raped repeatedly. Creating a fantasy for the viewer to want to imitate and then acting on others should also be considered an offense.

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