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Combating child sexual abuse and exploitation through Information and Communication Technologies

United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime Guatemala (UNODC) and the International Center for Missing & Exploited Children (ICMEC) facilitated two open space talks with different sectors of the civil society and institutions of the security and justice sector, in Guatemala City, on June 19 th.
The first discussion was addressed to the representatives of Coordinadora Institucional de Promoción por los Derechos de la Niñez (CIPRODENI), with the objective to promote and strengthen mechanisms to prevent internet crimes against children. First, ICMEC described terminology guideline for the protection of children from sexual exploitation and sexual abuse, the profile of the victim, the profile of the offender, methods to seduce minors through information technologies and methods to prevent and combat child sexual abuse. Next, the National Civil Police (PNC) and the Public Ministry (MP) explained the efforts that are made to advance criminal investigation and prosecution of crimes committed against children in Information and Communication Technologies (ICT).
The second discussion was addressed to the representatives of the Judicial Body, judges and administrative which are working with cases involving children. The objective was to promote an exchange of information and to strengthen the interinstitutional coordination between the institutions of the security and justice sector: Public Ministry, National Civil Police and the Judicial Branch. During the presentations, it was discussed legal aspects of child sexual exploitation, cases of investigation of material containing child sexual abuse, the limits of interinstitutional cooperation, child sexual exploitation prevention and the prosecution of criminal structures.
We are grateful to our sponsor, the Canadian Embassy in Guatemala, for its generous financial support for the project "Strengthening the Capacity to Prevent and Combat Cybercrime and Internet Crimes against Children in Central America."