Have you heard of cyber trafficking?

When trafficking is committed with the use of Internet, it is called “cyber‐trafficking.” Child trafficking, cyber bullying, pornography, etc are all cyber crimes that are now greatly prevalent among children in India.  As children are spending more time online now than ever, many are unsupervised. Since the strict lockdown was imposed in India, there has been a 95% increase in the usage of porn sites and a large content of pornography viewed online are of trafficked and exploited children. With every child pornography video made and viewed, a child has been abused. The individuals who consume this content will most likely normalise this kind of behaviour and violation of children.

According to Europol’s report on ‘Pandemic Profiteering,’ it is stated that there is an increase in online activity by those seeking child abuse material globally. The report found a strong connection between this increased activity online with that of the online postings by offenders on different forums. Trafficking is often associated with those that are poor and vulnerable but cyber trafficking does not only target those from the lower strata of the society. Everyone with an internet connection and a smart phone is vulnerable, irrespective of their economic status in the country.

While we actively protect our children from the coronavirus, we should also protect them from predators looking to groom children online and traffic or abuse them. So how can we protect our children? Here are a few simple pointers for parents:

  • Make the best use of parental control and supervision. Track child’s daily online activity.
  • Make all your social media accounts private and/or supervise your child’s online activity.
  • If your child receives any unwanted contact from strangers delete the chat and block the individual immediately.
  • Educate your child on cyber crimes and prevention methods.
  • Build an open and trusting relationship with your child.
  • Grow their interest in more offline activities.
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Dear friends and patrons,As 2022 draws to a close, I would like for us to look back at a year that heralded in new directions for Oasis India: year one of the 5-year strategic plan of new partnerships, a year of social enterprise, and organisational sustainability.While it was certainly challenging in many ways, it also showed how strong our commitment to the vision and mission are as an organisation – be it as board members, supporters, members of senior management, the national leadership team, or project staff.We can take pride in the fact that we resumed the annual Mukthi Bike Challenge this year, launched Oasis India’s 5-year strategic plan for 2022–2027, and started a new integrated community empowerment project in Assam—Oasis Academy Guwahati and Football for Life (FFL). We also initiated potential partnership discussions with PCI-Mizoram for anti-human trafficking and Thrive for Good under food security, etc. These great achievements lays the foundation for our work in the upcoming new year.There were notable life-changing stories of beneficiaries in each of Oasis India’s hubs and the many other challenges we overcame as a team. Successes achieved in a time when we were forced to adapt to very adverse circumstances So, I want to thank all our staff for the hard work and commitment they have shown over the past year. Our combined strength is what makes us flourish as an organisation.Thank you, our supporters, for walking this journey of growth and development hand in hand with us. As you celebrate Christmas with friends and family, I hope you will look back on the year with the same sense of accomplishment and joy that we all feel at Oasis India.I wish you and your family a happy Christmas season and a prosperous 2023! Best regards,Mangneo LhungdimExecutive Director,Oasis India