Video games, chat rooms, social networks. The scenario to reach their victims has no limits. The plot, pedophiles and sexual extortionists – through deception – gain the trust of minors and end up harassing and / or abusing them sexually. They remain anonymous thanks to the cloud or “the dark internet” and use web cameras, connected devices, computers or a simple mobile phone. The damage is irreparable.
The health situation, restrictions and confinement, triggered the use of the Internet in many homes. Last year, 2020, it was probably closed as the most digital year of all. Life turned online. A lots of minors connected no limit, too Unsupervised and, aThieves and extortionists, aware of this, have rampaged freely.
The State Attorney General’s Office (FGE) has warned of the volume of these crimes, and has affirmed that the 2020 course closed, it was registered an increase in cases of sexual harassment of minors through the Internet, also known under the term ‘child grooming’. According to their data, it is a 55% increase compared to 2019 and 175% compared to 2018, as recorded in the Memory of the Prosecutor’s Office.
The department headed by Dolores Delgado warns of the “worrying evolution of online crimes against sexual freedom”, particularly those that affect minors, which account for 8.5% of all cybercrimes and represent an increase in 18.45% compared to 2019.
According to the Prosecutor’s Office, in general terms “it confirms the upward trend that has been observed in relation to cybercrime since the specialty began operating in 2011. “In 2020, a total of 16,914 procedures were initiated, 28.69% more than in 2019. It is noted, however, that this rise is” more moderate than in years previous “: in 2019 there was an increase of 45% compared to 2018, which is explained by the situation generated by the onset of the pandemic.
The FGE explains that 24.12% of the procedures related to cybercrime are against very personal legal rights, Meanwhile he 75.88% refer to crimes against property and others. The vast majority of these, a 72.43%, for crimes of swindle. “This is explained because they are the behaviors that are most commonly reported and because there is a hidden number of criminality in other crimes, such as attacks against the freedom and sexual indemnity of minors,” he says.
Delgado’s team assures that despite the slowdown in the procedural process that took place due to the pandemic, 3,207 indictments were presented, which represents 12.64% more than in 2019. As detailed, the crime with the highest number is that of fraud (45.62%), followed by threats and coercion (12.13%), child pornography (8.98%) and discovery and disclosure of secrets (6.17%). For its part, a 75% decrease in property crimes was observed.
Eddie is an Australian news reporter with over 9 years in the industry and has published on Forbes and tech crunch.