INTERPOL

Identifying and rescuing victims of online child sexual exploitation

International
2015 - 2023

INTERPOL is the world’s largest international police organisation, with 192 member countries. They facilitate cross-border cooperation through a network of regional and national bureaus. INTERPOL also serves as the worldwide information hub for law enforcement cooperation and provides policing capabilities that support member countries to fight and prevent transnational crimes. HDF supports INTERPOL’s Crimes Against Children Unit to combat internet-facilitated crimes against children, including identifiying victims and perpetrators and working with member countries to rescue children and prosecute abusers.

To date, the INTERPOL team has identified over 10,000 victims, leading to the sharing of over 2000 case files with local law enforcement. In addition, the secure ICSE database, which is used by INTERPOL members to share information and expertise, has grown by hundreds of thousands of unique pieces of analysed and categorised media. In 2020 HDF confirmed funding support for a second phase of this important work running until 2023.


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COVID-19 restrictions increase the risk of child sexual exploitation and abuse

INTERPOL’s report highlights the trends and threats in the current context compared to pre-pandemic measures, what impact these are having in the short-term, and what changes are likely to happen as COVID-19 restrictions are changed.

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EU strategy for a more effective fight against child sexual abuse

To complement and improve existing EU activities in protecting children from sexual abuse, and to address new challenges such as unforeseen risks of end-to-end encryption, the Commission is putting forward a new strategy to fight child sexual abuse both offline and online.

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The Technology Coalition’s Project Protect

THE TECHNOLOGY COALITION | The world has changed since we first came together in 2006. Technology is more advanced, and there has been an explosion of new internet services, including mobile and online video streaming. The number of people online – more than 4.5 billion in 2020 – has added to the challenge of keeping the internet a safe place.

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