Identifying and rescuing victims of online child sexual exploitation

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.