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CBI sets up special unit to deal with online child sexual abuse and exploitation

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The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) today said it has set up an Online Child Sexual Abuse and Exploitation (OCSAE) Prevention and Investigation Unit here under its Special Crime Zone.
 
The unit will collect, collate and disseminate information regarding publication, transmission, creation, collection, seeking, browsing, downloading, advertising, promoting, exchanging, distribution of information relating to online child sexual abuse and exploitation; and investigation of such offences covered under provisions of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) 1860, the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (POCSO) Act 2012 (32 of 2012) and the Information Technology Act 2000 (21 of 2000) and under various laws, as applicable.
 
"It may be noted that the rapid growth of the Internet and Information & Communication tools over the past two decades has created unparalleled opportunities for children and adults alike to learn and explore the world around them. Today, in many countries, these technologies are ubiquitous -- permeating every aspect of our lives -- personal and professional, individual and social. These technologies have simultaneously created a new dimension, wherein the sexual exploitation of children can multiply, if unchecked. Children, every day, all around the world are prone to suffer online sexual abuse and exploitation," a press release from the CBI said.
 
It said numerous references related to dissemination of CSAM (Child Sexual Abuse Material) are received from INTERPOL and other National / International Organizations. The incidence of On-Line Child Sexual Abuse and Exploitation generally transcends international borders. Victims are mostly helpless innocent children, it said.
 
The territorial jurisdiction of the new unit will be throughout India, the release added.
 
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