Australians who view live streaming of child sexual abuse: An analysis of financial transactions

Rick Brown, Sarah Napier, Russell G. Smith

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In recent years, there has been growing evidence of live streaming technologies being used to facilitate child sexual abuse (CSA). This study examined a sample of financial transactions made by a cohort of Australians who provided funds to known facilitators of CSA live streaming in the Philippines. The results showed that these individuals were likely to be aged in their 50s or 60s and the majority (55%) had no criminal record. Ten percent had a sexual offence recorded in their criminal history. Most CSA live streaming transactions involved a small proportion of individuals. Just three percent accounted for half of all transactions. In contrast, 25 percent of individuals made just three percent of transactions. As individuals purchased more CSA live streaming transactions, the median amounts they paid increased and the transactions became more frequent. These two variables were significantly correlated. This may reflect an escalation in the frequency and severity of offending.

Original languageEnglish
Number of pages16
JournalTrends and Issues in Crime and Criminal Justice
Issue number589
Publication statusPublished - Feb 2020


  • child sexual abuse
  • live streaming technologies
  • child sexual abuse live streaming
  • financial transactions

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