New Delhi, Jan. 18 -- An increasing number of pre-teens are being coerced by adults to self-generate child sexual abuse content, with girls aged between 11 and 13 targeted in most cases, a disturbing trend recorded by the UK-based Internet Watch Foundation (IWF) shows.

The IWF, a group that takes down such content when reported, said it acted against 37,112 cases of self-generated images and videos of child sex abuse online between January and November last year. Of these, 29,100 (78.4%) cases involved children aged between 11 and 13. Most of these illegal visuals, the group said, were produced in domestic settings and "can include grooming and coercion by adults".

The IWF received complaints related to 2,60,400 web pages in 2019. Among t...