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Hastings Women’s Law Journal

Authors

Donna M. Hughes

Abstract

The sexual exploitation of women and children is a global human rights crisis. New communications and information technologies facilitate the sexual exploitation of women and girls locally, nationally and transnationally. Using new technologies, sexual predators and pimps stalk women and children. New technical innovations facilitate the sexual exploitation of women and children because they enable people to easily buy, sell and exchange millions of images and videos of sexual exploitation of women and children. Advances in communications and information technologies have created a global revolution in communications, access to information, and media delivery. This technology enables sexual predators to harm or exploit women and children efficiently and, anonymously. The affordability and access to global communications technologies allow users to carry out these activities in the privacy of their home. The increase of types of media, media formats, and applications diversifies the means by which sexual predators can reach their victims. This paper will not attempt to categorize all the types and uses of this new technology, but will describe the most common and newest of these technologies, and how they are used for the sexual exploitation of women and children.

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