Online child abuse spikes amid pandemic

Vietnamese children face greater risks of sexual abuse with prolonged school closures and online classes exposing them to exploitation via social networks.

A month before graduating, Khanh Ngoc, a high school student in Hanoi, received a message from a strange Facebook account. Opening it, she encountered rude and vulgar language, prompting her to immediately press delete. Even though she did not respond, the account continued to harass her a few more times.

About a week later, while chatting with friends in an online group, Ngoc discovered she was not the only victim since dozens of her friends at school had received similar harassing messages.

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Phan Duong