A surge in on-demand, live streaming online child sexual abuse is being attributed to wider access to affordable smartphones and fast internet speeds. Bloomberg is reporting on the Global Threat Assessment 2018 report from WeProtect, a children's welfare group founded by former Facebook executive Joanna Shields shows that these advances have led to the cost of accessing a live video stream of child abuse to $15 from $50 a five or six years ago. The report was compiled with input from Interpol, the U.S. Department of Justice, the U.K.'s National Crime Agency and Swedish software firm NetClean. Quite a disturbing report. There really isn't anything much I can add except to say, if you are a parent, keep a watchful eye on your kids' smartphone habits, the "self-production" section should be non-existent. Thanks to cageymaru for the story. Technology is permitting offender communities to attain unprecedented levels of organisation, which in turn creates new and persistent threats as these individuals and groups exploit online 'safe havens' and 'on-demand' access to victims.