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That girl was relatively lucky, but more than 1 million child victims of forced sexual exploitation around the world are far less fortunate.With the rapid growth of digital platforms threatening to make child sex trafficking even more lucrative, the world must take urgent, coordinated action to combat this appalling crime.The unregulated online world is therefore fertile ground for reaping enormous profits from child sex trafficking.Child-sex traffickers advertise on websites specializing in adult sexual services, and often force their victims to post on portals that enable viewers to buy sex from children in their vicinity.Because online child sex trafficking is a fast-growing global organized crime, combating it effectively requires a range of legal, political, social and technological measures. Civil-society groups, meanwhile, must provide social, physical and psychological support to victims, and can also provide law-enforcement agencies with vital information that strengthens the case against suspected traffickers. Feedback from civil society and service providers (including internet service providers) can help technology companies, governments, and law-enforcement bodies develop tools to combat online trafficking. I have been rallying support among world leaders for a binding international law to prevent digital abuse of children and online child trafficking.
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