500,000 searches for websites showcasing child sexual abuse material every month

According to the police officers in the survey, material is commonly shared on the internet (17.3 per cent, see insight 4).

To help tackle this, several Internet Service Providers have committed to blocking websites on the open internet that are known to contain child sexual abuse material. In Sweden, there is a collaboration between the Internet Service Providers and the Swedish Police to reinforce this.

One operator that has worked with this issue for a long period of time is Swedish based Tele2. Every month Tele2 blocks half a million searches for child sexual abuse material.

Tele2 blocks an average of 500,000 searches for child sexual abuse material every month, distributed over all the countries where they operate. (Sweden, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Croatia, the Netherlands, Austria, Germany, Kazakhstan).

 

Searches: 500 000

When do people search for child sexual abuse material?

By looking at the searches, it is also possible to get information on which days and the time of day that people most frequently search for sexual abuse material on children.

The results show that searches are relatively evenly spread across all days of the week. Searches also happen throughout the day and night.  There is a little less activity between 2am to 9am and around 3pm. Most searches take place in the morning and just before the end of the day until midnight.

Searches on child sexual abuse material during a typical week

The data is produced by using random sampling of weeks in February 2016, April 2016, June 2016 and August 2016.

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Searches of child sexual abuse material distributed across all hours of the day

The data is produced by random sampling of every Tuesday in February 2016.

Comment about the result:

Efforts to stop child sexual abuse material – a hygiene factor
Jonas Lindström, Director Group Security & Business Insurance, Tele2.

Helping to stop the spread of child sexual abuse material and child sexual abuse is such an important issue that…

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