The conference drew together a range of experts and organisations from different parts of the world who make a real difference. Like the previous year, the conference was organised in collaboration with ECPAT Sweden.
The image is the clue to identifying and finding children
John Shehan, NCMEC
NCMEC (National Center for Missing & Exploited Children) is the national centre for online child sexual abuse material in the US, and one of the most influential organisations in the world on issues concerning exploitation of children. Shehan spoke about how the material that is reported to NCMEC is used to identify children in the US and globally.
More about John Shehan
John Shehan is the Vice President of NCMEC’s ‘Exploited Children Division’. He has many years of experience of working proactively to prevent and fight online child sexual abuse material. In addition to the work at NCMEC he has worked as the President for the INHOPE foundation and been on the board of the Internet Safety Technical Taskforce.
What drives a person to consume child sexual abuse material?
Michael Sheath, Lucy Faithful Foundation
Michael Sheath spoke about the psychological drivers that lead some people to view child sexual abuse material and why he believes that this habit often derives from viewing adult pornography. The presentation was based on Sheath’s model The CSAM Cycle, which combines theories about sexual abuse and sex addiction.
More about Michael Sheath
Michael Sheath has worked actively to fight child sexual abuse for near on 30 years. He has worked both with offenders and he has also lectured and trained people who work on this issue at Europol and other organisations. Today he works as the Manager and Practitioner at the Lucy Faithfull Foundation.
Businesses and organisations are well placed to make a difference
Malin Lundqvist, Chief Information Officer, City of Gothenburg
Malin Lundquist spoke about the decision and considered action that the city of Gothenburg took when they decided to install software that detects sexual abuse material on its servers. She spoke about the work that is undertaken to educate and inform staff at the city about child sexual abuse. And finally, she spoke about how a digitalised world creates new challenges, but also new tools and ways to fight child sexual abuse.
INTERPOL’s work on child sexual abuse: getting results through increased knowledge and capacity
Björn Sellström, INTERPOL
Björn Sellström spoke about INTERPOL’s work with online child sexual abuse, and how the work is developing as INTERPOL has increased knowledge and capacity to deal with the crime in member states. He also spoke about the importance of international collaboration and why it is important to engage all sectors and parts of society to fight online child sexual abuse.
More about Björn Sellström
Björn Sellström has worked on investigations pertaining to child sexual abuse since 2006. Today he works as the coordinator and head of the Crimes against children team at INTERPOL. He started his career as a crime investigator focusing on identification and has been integral to developing online child sexual abuse investigations since then. In addition to this work he has also headed up nationwide programmes aimed and developing knowledge and highlighting the problem.
The EU’s work to stop child sexual abuse
Anna Maria Corazza Bildt, Member of the European Parliament
Anna Maria Corazza Bildt spoke about the work in the EU to prevent and stop child sexual abuse against children, and the importance of being able to identify children in the material that is being consumed. She spoke specifically about a EU directive from 2011 which details work against child sexual abuse and improvements towards protecting victims.
More about Anna Maria Corazza Bildt
Anna Maria Corazza Bildt has been a MEP since 2009. She is a member of the Committee on Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs, and in 2017 she led the development of how the rules in the directive towards fighting child sexual abuse, should be adhered to by the EU member states.
Kristina Sandberg, Interim General Secretary, ECPAT Sweden
As the interim General Secretary at ECPAT Sweden, Kristina Sandberg works with issues around sustainability. She is a chemical civil engineer with more than 15 years experience of leadership, and has worked at ECPAT since 2014. Prior to this Kristina Sandberg worked with environment and sustainability questions and has been globally responsible for the development of ISO 26000 on sustainability and corporate social responsibility.
Rape over the internet – the first sentence handed down in Sweden
Jörgen Lindberg, NOA (Swedish police National Operative Department)
Jörgen Lindberg from NOA (Swedish police National Operative Department), delivered, together with Annica Wennerström, a presentation about ‘Operation Relapse.’ This was a criminal case that involved 27 victims and led to the first case in Sweden where a sentence of rape was handed down to an offender who had forced children to perform sexual acts on themselves online. These cases had not been heard in the children’s countries of origin, however the result in Sweden let do a significant step forward in the fight against child sexual abuse.
More about Jörgen Lindberg
Jörgen Lindberg is a Chief of Police at NOA, and works with the unit that investigates people who are suspected of having abused children abroad. Latterly this work has also included online sexual offences against children who are situated abroad. Lindberg has had a long career as a police officer and has accumulated a great deal of knowledge about how to best investigate online child sexual abuse crime and sexual offences committed towards children by sex-tourists.
Rape over the internet – the first sentence handed down in sweden
Annika Wennerström, The Swedish Prosecution Service
Annika Wennerström delivered a presentation together with Jörgen Lindberg from NOA (Swedish police National Operative Department), about a criminal case which involved 27 victims and led to the first case in Sweden where a sentence of rape was handed down to an offender who had forced children to perform sexual acts on themselves online. These cases had not been heard in the children’s countries of origin, however the result in Sweden let do a significant step forward in the fight against child sexual abuse.
More about Annika Wennerström
Annika Wennerström is a specialist prosecutor at the National unit against international and organised crime, in Stockholm. She specialises in IT-related crime, especially in international cases that concern physical or internet related abuse against children. Since 2013 Wennerström has, together with other public prosectors, and in collaboration with NOA, pursued several big cases concerning grooming. Part of this work has been to challenge lenient sentencing delivered by courts.
Anna Borgström, Head of NetClean
Anna Borgström has more than 20 years experience of working in the Telecom and IT industry, and is now the Head of NetClean. She started at NetClean in 2009 and have worked globally with business, organisations and governments to fight child sexual abuse through innovative technological solutions. Anna Borgström is deeply involved in making a difference for children through a combination of social responsibility, ethic business practices and technology.
Caroline Engvall, Moderator
Caroline Engvall is a journalist, lecturer and author who runs several projects designed to help children who have been subjected to internet crime. The help is available in the format of educational materials, help sites on the internet, podcasts and TV documentaries. She has also written best seller books about children subjected to sex trade in Sweden. In addition to this Caroline has also been voted ‘Mother of the year’, she has raised the issue with both parliament and government, and she had been invited by her Majesty the Queen Silvia to speak on the issue, both in a private setting and for the Childhood Foundation.
Björn Sellström, INTERPOL, in an interview from #skillnadpåriktigt 2018
Michael Sheath, Lucy Faithfull Foundation, in an interview from #Skillnadpåriktigt 2018
John Shehan, NCMEC, in an interview from #Skillnadpåriktigt 2018
Malin Lundqvist, The City of Gothenburg, Sweden, in an interview from #Skillnadpåriktigt 2018