Hotline Spotlight: 台灣展翅協會 ECPAT Taiwan
台灣展翅協會 ECPAT Taiwan established the hotline Web547 in 1999 which is one of the first hotlines in Asia. Web547 receives reports regarding illegal and inappropriate online content, especially CSAM/CSEM. ECPAT Taiwan also established a helpline web885 in 2006 to provide experts’ advices to inquirers on online safety issues.
According to the National Reports of child sexual exploitation cases from the year 2017 to the first half of the year 2020, about 70-75% of cases are facilitated by technology. However, the provisions of Taiwan's anti-CSE laws appear insufficient to criminalize the possession of CSAM and online grooming.
Currently, ECPAT Taiwan is involved in the discussion on an amendment on heavier penalties for CSAM/CSEM related crimes. As to the online grooming legislation, there still requires more awareness among the governments. Furthermore, the sentencing of CSE offenders is not predictable and steady which very much depends on the Judge’s personal views toward this kind of cases.
The Judicial Yuan has started to discuss the Sentencing guidelines for Judges on CSE cases and ECPAT Taiwan is invited to participate.
Find out more about the work Web547 does on its website.
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