Child sexual abuse material is viewed 24-hours a day, throughout the week – including hours spent in the work place

Looking at the general picture of the offender it is interesting to note when and where child sexual abuse material is consumed. We can extrapolate this data through technology that NetClean’s customers use.

24-hours a day

Data from Internet Service Providers across the world who use NetClean WhiteBox* to block access to websites that are known to contain child sexual abuse material, shows that people search for this material 24-hours a day, all days of the week.

The highest rate of searches occurs on Sundays, after which the numbers start reducing, showing the lowest search rate on Fridays. On Saturdays the numbers start to climb again.

If you compare across 24 hours, the highest number of searches occurs in the evening and is at its lowest in the early morning, rising between 7 a.m. and 10 a.m. Between 10.00 a.m. and 9 p.m. the search rate remains constant.

* NetClean WhiteBox is a technical solution used by Internet Service Providers to block access to URLs known to contain child sexual abuse material.

The workplace

The statistics above show that people search for child sexual abuse material even during working hours. Two thirds (65.5 %) of the police officers surveyed stated that during the past year they had worked on investigations where child sexual abuse material was found on workplace computers in the private sector. Almost half of the police officers (44.2 %) said that they had found material on computers in the public sector.

Comments that the police officers provided in the survey show that they have varying experiences of investigations that include child sexual abuse material found on workplace computers. Some police officers stated that this is most likely a hidden problem as the workplace seldom features in investigations and is therefore not scrutinised.

“We predominantly find personal or home PCs and laptops are being used. There have been occasions when we have taken school laptops and tablets.”

“I think that because we do not usually target workplaces, we simply don’t know.”

“Persons bringing USB devices to work or accessing online storage.”

Data collected from NetClean customers shows that 1 out of 1,000 people view and/or download child sexual abuse material on their work computer / device. Some of these cases are reported to the Swedish Police, and the department that specialises in investigating child sexual abuse. Information released in 2017 by this department shows that approximately 90 cases of child sexual abuse material found on work computers are reported by businesses to the Police every year in Sweden.

More insights from the report

DEVELOPMENT OF TECHNOLOGY – BOTH A CHALLENGE AND AN OPPORTUNITY

THE “NORMAL CASE”: FEWER THAN 50,000–500,000 IMAGES

THERE IS NO SUCH THING AS A TYPICAL OFFENDER (Consumer of child sexual abuse material)

THERE IS A CORRELATION BETWEEN VIEWING CHILD SEXUAL ABUSE MATERIAL AND ABUSING CHILDREN

THE OFFENDER IS MOST LIKELY TO VICTIMISE CLOSE FAMILY MEMBERS OR RELATIVES

CSAM IS VIEWED 24-HOURS A DAY, THROUGHOUT THE WEEK – INCLUDING HOURS SPENT IN THE WORK PLACE

TRENDS: THE USE OF CHATROOMS AND APPS IS INCREASING

TRENDS: THE USE OF ANONYMISATION TECHNOLOGIES, ENCRYPTION AND CLOUD STORAGE IS INCREASING

THOUGHTS ON THE REPORT

“To eradicate child sexual abuse we need more resources, and, most importantly, they need to be applied in the right way.”