New report: Child sexual abuse material is being spread on all parts of the internet
Ahead of “End Child Sex Abuse Day” on Friday, November 18, the NetClean 2016 Report is released today. The report highlights how file-sharing services, social media, cloud services, instant messaging services, email, and websites are all used to spread child sexual abuse material.
File sharing services are by far the most common, but even ordinary websites are used. For example, half a million abusive material searches are blocked on ordinary websites every month – and this is only by a single internet provider. The report also shows that images of children originate primarily in Europe and North America.
— File sharing services, social media, cloud services, instant messaging services, email and websites are all platforms that are commonly used. These images and videos are spread the same way that all other information is spread, and exists wherever people are. Substantial amounts of material are, of course, also spread via the darknet and TOR, but the majority of illicit material that is spread in the world is probably not distributed via these channels, says Christian Berg, NetClean CEO.
According to the police officers surveyed in the report, images of children originate primarily in Europe and North America, a fact confirmed by the INTERPOL database.
— The overwhelming majority of images and videos are home-produced and show children from Europe and North America. It’s easy to believe that this is a problem that needs to be tackled somewhere else, but it’s important to understand that it’s happening here. We need to work just as much with this issue here at home as we do in other parts of the world, Berg adds.
- File sharing services, or P2P networks, are, according to respondents, by far the most common way to share child sexual abuse material.
- Tele2 is one of the internet providers that blocks known websites that feature child sexual abuse material. In their networks alone in the nine countries where they are present, 500,000 searches for illicit material are blocked every month. Searches are made every day and at all hours of the day.
- Social media platforms are used by offenders to contact children, and to share all types of sexual abuse material involving children.
- The amount of material that police handle in their investigations is increasing every year. The largest cases involve as much as 100 terabytes of material, more than 100 million images, and more than 100,000 hours of film, (this includes all material in investigations, not only child sexual abuse material).
- There is a growing awareness of female offenders.
- In 2015, police officers surveyed in the report together saved more than 1,600 children.
The survey is unique: it is based on responses given by 370 police officers from 26 countries, who investigate child sexual abuse crime on a daily basis. The report’s results have been confirmed by a number of experts in the field. See the accompanying summary of the report, as well as the full report with more detailed comments and explanations.