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The viewing of indecent images of children is so prevalent that people probably know someone within their circle who does it, Cressida Dick, the Metropolitan Police Commissioner said today.
She told the BBC that viewing of such images had “grown hugely”, with official figures showing a 700% rise in the number referred to police by social media companies since 2012.
“People think that is horrendous, it is, but I’m afraid we probably all know somebody who does that,” she told the BBC.
“So we must think more about the people who are making the images, live streaming and that kind of thing.”
Ms Dick cited the growth of child abuse as another pressure on police resources amid the growing debate over force priorities.
Earlier this week, Sara Thornton, head of the National Police Chiefs’ Council (NPCC), said she wanted police to focus on tackling violent crime and burglaries rather than being distracted by expanding hate crimes to include misogyny.
She was backed by Ms Dick, who said she wanted her officers to focus on violent crime, rather than hate crime.
It is estimated that at least 80,000 people in the UK pose a sexual threat to children online.
Cressida Dick talks at a London Assembly meeting on November 1, 2018 Credit: Ray Lang/LNP
Police in England and Wales recorded around 23 child sexual offences involving the internet every day in 2017/18 – up from a rate of around 15 a day in the previous 12 months.
Next week Sajid Javid, the Home Secretary, is to meet social media firms in America to find out how they plan to meet his demands for swifter and more effective action against online child abuse and indecent images.
In September he warned them that would “not be afraid to take action” if they do not help to tackle child sexual abuse online.
Javid said he was “demanding” companies take “more measures” particularly in preventing the uploading of images to their platforms and reducing the number of images – or face new legislation.
Home secretary asks charity to investigate scale of problem and make recommendations
Advertising is fuelling the sexual exploitation of children online, the home secretary has said, as he commissioned research into the issue.
Before setting off on a trip to the US west coast to meet tech leaders, Sajid Javid announced that a charity would look at how digital advertising may fund exploitation.
Advertisements for legitimate products, including from well-known brands, can appear on sites hosting child abuse, the Home Office said.
The Internet Watch Foundation, a charity that works to remove online child sexual abuse content, has been asked to investigate the scale of the problem and make recommendations on how the government and industry should respond.
Susie Hargreaves, the foundation’s chief executive, said: “Using a variety of sophisticated techniques to avoid detection, offenders are exploiting online advertising networks to monetise their distribution of child sexual abuse material.
“At the heart of all our work are the child victims of this hideous crime. They range from babies to teens. The abuse itself is horrific but by sharing the images and videos of these crimes against innocent children, offenders are forcing the victims to suffer the torment of knowing their abuse continues.”
Javid will chair a taskforce to bring together representatives from ad agencies, trade bodies and brands to discuss steps that could be taken to cut criminals off from this revenue stream.
The home secretary has previously accused tech firms of not doing enough to tackle the issue of child sexual exploitation. This week he will travel to the Microsoft HQ in Redmond, Washington, to convene a “hackathon” where industry experts will work together to develop tools to detect online child grooming.
Javid said: “Keeping our children safe is my mission as home secretary and it is vital tech companies take their responsibility seriously. I have demanded action and will be discussing the progress industry has made during my visit to the US, as well as seeing the latest tools being developed to detect online child grooming.”
The National Crime Agency estimates that around 80,000 people in the UK present some kind of sexual threat to children online. Since 2013 there has been a 700% increase in the number of referrals to the NCA for child sexual abuse images.
Work is being done to develop new tools to improve the capabilities of the child abuse image database (CAID), which is used by the NCA and UK police forces to record indecent images of children and increase the ability to identify victims. Trials to test newly developed capabilities within the database will begin in some police forces later this year.
The Home Office also announced that organisations could bid for up to £250,000 of funding to develop ways of disrupting live-streaming of abuse.
Through the competition, led by the Joint Security and Resilience Centre in partnership with Innovate UK, groups are being urged to come up with technical solutions that could be applied by platforms of all sizes.
A unique British charity which hunts down and removes online child sexual abuse images and videos has won praise for outstanding good practice.
The praise came from a top EU assessor for its global work with law enforcement and the internet industry to remove tens of thousands of horrific images each year.
The Internet Watch Foundation (IWF), an Official Partner Charity of Charity Today‘s #UKCharityWeek campaign, was assessed during a two-day visit to its Cambridge base.
The appraisal by INHOPE, a global collaboration of hotlines working against online child abuse, reviewed the charity’s relationship with government, law enforcement and child welfare agencies, together with care for staff, internet security and data management.
The INHOPE report says: “The IWF maintains exceptional standards in all areas and its practices can be recommended to new or existing hotlines wishing to develop or expand their services”.
“Not only does the IWF operate to an exceptionally high standard in the UK, but its operations and structure in many ways set the standard for other hotlines around the world. It was particularly impressive to gain insight into the adaptability and ongoing evolution of operational procedures at the IWF.”
Susie Hargreaves OBE, IWF CEO said:
“At the IWF, we’re constantly learning through experience and partnerships. When we began in 1996, 18 per cent of the world’s online child sexual abuse material was hosted in the UK. Today I’m happy to say that the figure is less than one per cent.
“But the internet has no borders and nor has crime. Wherever they are in the world, we owe it to child victims of online abuse to do this job right. Our team of analysts in the Hotline works hard to locate, disrupt and remove images and videos as quickly as possible, always aware that these pictures show real children and their suffering is real. With help from key partners like the Government, global law enforcement, some of the biggest names in the internet business and of course the public, who report suspecting sites to us, we are in a unique position to take the lead in fighting this abuse.”
One of the first to congratulate the IWF on its star rating was the Home Office minister, who recently visited the IWF’s operation.
Minister for Crime, Safeguarding and Vulnerability Victoria Atkins said:
“I have seen first-hand the hugely important work that the Internet Watch Foundation carries out to remove these horrific images from the Internet.
“They are an important partner for the Government in tackling online child sexual abuse and I am pleased others recognise its vital contribution.”
The IWF has a unique role in proactively identifying and removing illegal child sexual abuse imagery online. It works in partnership to disrupt offenders who use the online environment to distribute and share these disturbing images and videos.