Child sexual abuse has always existed: but the 21st century environment has radically changed the opportunities available to paedophiles and other perpetrators to target and harm children.
The Council of Europe had already criminalised grooming – and was the first to do so – in its pioneering “Lanzarote Convention”, adopted in 2007, which deals with children being harmed in face-to-face meetings with adults first encountered online. But perpetrators, like chameleons, appear to adapt ef...
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