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WePROTECT Global Alliance: A global response to child exploitation

Internet safety and security isn't protecting children.

Online child sexual exploitation and abuse is the most sinister form of cybercrime. There have been efforts to better protect children, but there’s a need for a global response to solve such an international problem.

The internet gives offenders unprecedented access to victims around the world and new ways of exploiting children on a devastating scale. Governments and businesses can do more to stop technology enabling abuse.

To highlight online vulnerabilities and help protect children, we partnered with the WePROTECT Global Alliance to create the first Global Threat Assessment – a point of reference to encourage a consistent international response. The report draws on an international network of law enforcement, governments and non-governmental organisations to assess the threat of child sexual exploitation and abuse.

By conducting research with this global network, our report highlights the true nature of cross-border abuse and the scale of the problem. For example, it shows one project finds and removes 80,000 unique abuse images each month, and the Department of Justice discovered one Dark Web site with more than a million users.

Our report ensures countries and organisations have a consistent approach to identifying, managing and preventing this growing, persistent and historically unseen threat, globally.

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