Online Exploitation

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Child Sexual Abuse Images

The internet is an incredibly useful and integral part of modern life. However, with over 15 million reports made to the CyberTipline since 2011, we are all too aware that the internet is a tool that can be maliciously co-opted.

Consistently, the overwhelming majority of reports made to the CyberTipline each year are regarding child sexual abuse images. In 2002, NCMEC launched the Child Victim Identification Program in order to track which victims had been previously identified by law enforcement.

Learn more about how NCMEC is helping law enforcement identify children victimized in sexually abusive images.


Though child sexual abuse images make up the majority of CyberTipline reports, there is a growing number of reports being made about “sextortion”: a relatively new form of sexual exploitation that occurs primarily online and in which coercion and blackmail are used to acquire sexual content (like photos or videos) of a minor, to extort the child for money, or to meet to engage in sex with the child. Learn more about sextortion.