Mar092020Guest WriterRead more
Digital development has enabled offenders to produce and share child sexual abuse material at a previously impossible scale. In addition, the last decade’s development of social media platforms and gaming platforms has enabled offenders to reach children directly, and abuse them over the internet without meeting them in person, adding a new dimension to this crime. Live-streaming services, examined closer in this report, has pushed this development further.
Aug132019Guest WriterRead more
To aid the search for children Europol has set up project “Trace an Object”. It asks the public to view cropped parts of images to see if they recognise objects. This can help place the location of the abuse.
Jul242019Guest WriterRead more
Self-produced material, whether voluntarily made or produced through grooming and extortion is on the rise. The images fall within a broad spectrum, from everyday holiday snaps to sexual extortion where victims are forced to take images of themselves.
Jun052019Guest WriterRead more
The Head of Team, Analysis Project Twins, EC3, at Europol comments on this development, based on Europol’s observations of online communication and organisation.
May022019Guest WriterRead more
In our experience it is extremely rare that child sexual abuse material is sold on the internet. Offenders either search for the readily available free material, or they trade images and films with each other.
Mar222019Guest WriterRead more
Michael Sheath from the Lucy Faithfull Foundation, a UK charity that runs a helpline for people with concerns about negative aspects of their sexuality, comments on findings from the NetClean Report.
Feb262019Guest WriterRead more
Throughout the year we will be sharing insights from our NetClean Report 2018. First out is the introduction penned by Dr. Victoria Baines who reflects on the fight against child sexual abuse as it enters its third decade. Read about how technological development has far outstripped our expectations, and how collaboration and knowledge is setting the agenda in the fight against child sexual abuse.
Aug292018Guest WriterRead more
Australian Taskforce Argos tracks offenders behaviour online and comments on the findings in the 2017 NetClean report, highlighting that the best thing we can do for children is to teach them to be safe online.
Aug212018Guest WriterRead more
Police officers say year on year that they are getting busier fighting online child sexual abuse crime. in the NetClean 2017 report two new factors were mentioned as reasons – the wider use of the internet and increased number of reports from industry. We asked Europol’s Steven Wilson to comment.
Aug142018Guest WriterRead more
Even though we have an understanding of where child sexual abuse happens, we cannot say for sure how frequently it occurs and how much abuse is shared on the internet. Björn Sellström from Interpol comments on the findings from the NetClean 2017 report.