The victims are primarily from Europe and North America

There is a common misconception that the children in child sexual abuse material are primarily from Asia. However, our survey shows that the material that the police handle in their investigations primarily feature children from Europe and North America.

One of the respondents in the survey gave two different reasons as to why children from certain parts of the world are more common:

”Two factors: Countries with high internet devices per person and reliable internet service and countries with poor or no laws prohibiting sex offenses against children and also have easy access to children.”

Geographical origin of the children in the images and videos:

(The police officers surveyed were asked which is the most common geographical origin for the children depicted in the child sexual abuse material. They could answer more than one alternative.)

Europe (Including Russia and Turkey) 66,5 %
North America 47,6 %
Asia 29,1 %
South America 5,9 %
Africa 1,2 %
Oceania 1,2 %

Younger children and more violence

Several police officers commented that they see an increasing trend of images and videos with infants and toddlers. They also said that the images and videos are becoming increasingly violent. The same trend was reported in the NetClean Report 2015.

”Every case the amount of infants/toddlers is increasing. It started where an occasional case would have a high volume of infants/toddlers. Now each case has it and some have thousands of them.”

”I have seen an increase in sadomasochistic “torture porn” of children; there also appears to be a greater number of images/videos depicting the sexual abuse of non-verbal children, i.e., infants and toddlers.”

”Continues to be a rise in more graphic material, highest category, and younger/youngest age, particularly babies/toddlers.”

Comments about the result:

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INTERPOL, Crimes against Children unit, Vulnerable Communities Team.

It is difficult to assess exactly where the children in the images come from since there are…

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Technology drives the production of child sexual abuse material.
Björn Sellström, Swedish Police, NOA.

The results in this report reflect my experience. However, from viewing the images.…

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