WePROTECT Global Alliance, an online safety coalition made up of over 80 governments, has released its 2019 Global Threat Assessment report bringing new insights into the nature of online child sexual exploitation (OCSE) and looks ahead to how technological innovation will impact the threat.
PA Consulting co-authored the report and have been involved in the Alliance since its inception five years ago. PA have supported WePROTECT in facilitating the first hackathon on tackling online child sexual exploitation and abuse, designing the Alliance’s transition from a government administration to an enduring foundation, and producing the first two Global Threat Assessments.
The article explains that encryption of social media sites allows paedophiles to target children undetected. The report estimates that 1.8 million more men with a sexual interest in minors are using the Internet compared to a year ago. Social media give paedophiles "direct access" to children which has led to a "significant increases in online grooming, black mail and extortion".
Additionally, it is said that tech giants would find it harder to detect abuse because social media and messaging sites’ move towards encryption.
The report highlights that only last year US tech companies reported more than 45 million child abuse photos on their sites.
The article goes on to say that WePROTECT found there was a growing demand for abuse material online. Interpol revealed one website with average 4.6 million views a month.