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Podcast: How the UN’s cybercrime unit is helping to track paedophiles and protect children

Wednesday 13th of September 2017
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Not everyone online is who they say they are. That is the message from the latest UN News podcast, The Lid is On.

Adults posing as young people are using chat apps and social networks to befriend children with the goal of sexually exploiting them – a concept known as grooming – but such abuse can be limited by educating children and their caregivers about the threats online, said Neil Walsh, the head of the global cybercrime programme at the UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC).

Mr. Walsh, a former police officer who has fought paedophilia for decades, said criminals are increasingly using newer technologies to evade police, so children need to be empowered to understand the risks.

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