In the NetClean 2017 report we found that anonymization technologies, encryption and cloud storage are increasingly being used to share online child sexual abuse material. However, it is important to also realise that technology is advancing detection and collaboration, which aids us in fighting this crime. Arnold Guerin elaborates.
In the NetClean 2017 report, we asked whether there is such a thing as a typical offender who consumes child sexual abuse material. Hanna Harnesk Hjortsberg, a Registered Psychologist working at the Swedish Prison and Probation Service, commented on the findings.
Ulrika Rogland: “It is the Police that are struggling to find sufficient resources and build an organisational structure that suits the crime.”
Trafficking, which includes child sexual abuse material, is the world’s third largest and most profitable organised crime. Financial coalitions across the world have however managed to ensure that the ability to pay for this crime through legitimate transaction channels has in the main ceased.
Maggie Brennan: Academic research is central to better, evidence-led decision making in the fight against online child sexual exploitation.
Mats Granryd, GSMA: All organisations and businesses within the telecoms industry are aware of the problem of child sexual abuse content, and the industry is addressing it in many different ways.
Susie Hargreaves, Internet Watch Foundation: There is a widespread perception that the business world doesn’t do enough to fight the dissemination of child sexual abuse material, so we spend a lot of time highlighting the good work that they do.
Åsa Kastbom, Senior Doctor at the Department of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, talks about how she has the greatest job in the world.
Steven Wilson, Head of European Cybercrime Centre, Europol: The problem of child sexual exploitation needs to be tackled on a global level. If we try to tackle it on a national level we will only have partial success. As a pan-European organisation, Europol has a position that enables a larger overview than a more limited national perspective.
In The NetClean Report 2017, Part 2 of the report, we highlight what I believe is one of the main components of tackling online child sexual abuse crime – collaboration.