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AIC-HEUNI webinar: Child sexual exploitation via online platforms - 18 June 2024

The webinar will be co-hosted by the European Institute for Crime Prevention and Control (HEUNI) and the Australian institute of Criminology (AIC) that explores sexual exploitation of children in Australia, and the role of technology in the facilitation of child sexual exploitation on Tuesday 18th June 2024 9.00-10.30 am (UTC+3, Helsinki time) and 4.00-5.30 pm (UTC+10, Canberra time).

There is growing evidence that child sex offenders use social media and dating platforms not only to target potential child victims, but also to find adults or young people who will facilitate the commercial sexual exploitation of children. Further, online domains can be used by perpetrators arrange offending, share information, and engage with one another.

This webinar presents recent research by the AIC examining:

  • the prevalence and nature of requests to facilitate child sexual exploitation,
  • the risk factors for mobile dating app/website users receiving requests to facilitate child sexual exploitation,
  • mobile dating app/website users’ experiences with receiving sexually exploitative requests from other users when they were under the age of 18,
  • how online domains allow perpetrators to engage with one another, and to leverage technology to support their offending.




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AIC: New research explores risk factors for Indigenous arrest and imprisonment

Link to:
Trends & issues 694: Towards an understanding of Indigenous arrest
Research report 32: Towards a theory of Indigenous contact with the criminal justice system

The Australian Institute of Criminology’s Indigenous Justice Research Program has released two reports on Indigenous contact with the criminal justice system. The research was led by the National Drug and Alcohol Research Centre at the University of New South Wales and used the National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Social Survey to examine the factors that increase and decrease the risk of arrest.

  • Factors found to increase the risk of arrest among Indigenous Australians were illicit drug and alcohol use, high levels of psychological distress and being a member of the stolen generation. Protective factors included school completion, having a permanent home and having an above average income.
  • The strongest risk factor for Indigenous arrest was the use of illicit drugs and alcohol over the preceding 12 months, which increased the marginal risk of arrest by 14 percentage points.

The strongest protective factor was school completion, which reduced the risk of arrest by 7.9 percentage points.

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