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Crack Down on Child Sexual Exploitation

Law enforcement agencies from the UK have been involved in a recent initiative, coordinated by Europol, to crack down on child sexual exploitation

The initiative also involved representatives from 15 other countries and resulted in the identification of ten offenders from nine different countries.

Europol says that on a daily basis, law enforcement comes across millions of images and videos of children being sexually abused. The vast majority of them are found online: in chatrooms, peer-to-peer networks, social media applications and dedicated websites and forums both on the open internet and on the Darknet.

In a determined effort to identify the victims on these images, the first Victim Identification Taskforce (VIDTF) initiative was launched in 2014. Since then, three more editions have taken place. Experts from EU Member States and Third Country partners all over the world gather at Europol for two weeks to tackle the enormous amount of child sexual abuse material online, using advanced techniques, software and their knowledge and expertise. These experts are supported by Europol staff specialised in this crime area. The unique combination of collaborative work, image and video analysis, and criminal intelligence means that the experts work through millions of files to find and exploit vital clues.

"The work that takes place in the Victim Identification Task Force at Europol is unique,” commented Steven Wilson, Head of Europol’s European Cybercrime Centre. “The blend of global expertise, professionalism and knowledge with Europol’s operational capacity and intelligence analysis brings considerable results.”

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