Child pornography means any representation, by whatever means, of a child engaged in real or simulated explicit sexual activities or any representation of the sexual parts of a child for primarily sexual purposes.

Child pornography concerns the production, use, possession, distribution and dissemination of this material. It includes photographs, writing, visual and audio representations, and can be found on various media such as books, comics, movies, videotapes, websites, photographs, negatives, etc…

The progress of new technologies has had a significant impact on increasing the production of child pornography. There is more accessibility, increased ability to upload, download, store and share materials, better ways to interact and also to hide identity data. It is also possible to distort non-pornographic images of real children pictures to create a completely new image as pornography and pornographic images of ‘virtual children’.

According to official figures for Belgium, in 2014 the Federal Police investigated 723 cases of child pornography. The site stopchildporno.be also reported 1,358 cases of child pornography on the Internet in 2015, a lower number than 2014 (1.432) according to Child Focus' annual report 2015.

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Source : Activity Report 2014 - Child Focus

In 2013, the organization INHOPE processed 1,210,893 reports of Child sexual abuse material on the Internet.  The graph below breaks down the information on region, gender, and age retrieved from the reports.

 

 

For more information about child pornography: 

Child Pornography and Sexual Exploitation of Children Online

 

   Child Pornography and Sexual Exploitation of Children Online

 

Violence against Children in Cyberspace

 

   Violence against Children in Cyberspace