According to the New York Times, in 2019, there were over 45 million photos and videos of children being sexually abused. This increase in market demand will escalate the recruitment of children for the unimaginable.
During the COVID-19 pandemic, there are millions of children out of school. Some children are locked indoors with no supervision or, at worst, an abuser. Children are being approached online by an adult grooming them for exploitation, making direct contact with them via an app, all while posing as a peer who just wants to have fun. Their parents are facing a mountain of uncertainties.