Netherlands: a child-sex porn ‘safe haven’

Netherlands: a child-sex porn ‘safe haven’

Record amounts of child sexual abuse pictures and video were removed online last year thanks to improving technology, according to a report.

The Internet Watch Foundation (IWF) said more than 105,000 web addresses were connected to illegal images in 2018. It said 47 per cent of the images found was hosted in the Netherlands.

It warned that the Netherlands was becoming a “safe haven for child sexual abuse”.

The Dutch authorities have pledged to tackle the issue and the illegal content must be “expunged from the internet”, it reported a year ago. 

The IWF is an independent NGO for internet users to report illegal content.

The internet watchdog’s works with websites, social networks and the authorities to have images taken down and investigated. Since 1996, it said it had investigated more than a million reports.

IWF said the numbers of child sex abuse pictures hosted in the UK was now at a record low, 0.04 per cent of the global total.

The group said it blocked 105,047 online addresses containing child sexual abuse content last year.

In its annual report, the IWF said 105,047 web addresses were hosting child sexual abuse content in 2018.

That marked a large increase from 2017 and the IWF said that improvements in its technology had helped it detect more illegal images.

It said its researchers find an image or video of a child suffering abuse every five minutes.

IWF CEO Susie Hargreaves said: “For 23 years, we have been removing from the internet images and videos showing the sexual abuse of children.

“Despite us removing more and more images than ever before, and despite creating and using some of the world’s leading technology, it’s clear that this problem is far from being solved.

“The cause of the problem is the demand. Unfortunately, and as the police tell us often, there are 100,000 people sitting in the UK right now demanding images of the abuse of children.

“This is a global challenge and no doubt every country’s police force will have their own estimations of this criminality.

“With this continued demand for images of child rape, it’s a constant battle.

“That’s why we’re calling for all the partners to get together to run a long-term, well-funded prevention campaign.

“Without this, the battle just can’t be won.”

 

 

The Netherlands must address the online content it hosts. Picture credit: Pexels

 

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