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More child sexual abuse images found online than ever before - Barnardo's response

Release Date: 18 Apr 2018

More child sexual abuse imagery is being found on the internet than ever before, according to new research by a British charity which tracks such images online.

The Internet Watch Foundation found 78,589 URLs featuring disturbing content last year, a 37% rise on the previous 12 months.

Around a third of this content featured the most severe Category A abuse, which includes the rape and sexual torture of children.

Barnardo’s Chief Executive, Javed Khan said:

These shocking figures show child sexual abuse images are becoming increasingly widespread online.

We know that behind every image there is a young victim in need of protection and recovery from this horrific abuse. Our UK-wide specialist child sexual exploitation services saw a 38% increase in the number of people they supported last year alone.

If the online world fails to safeguard children, providers must be held accountable for crimes online. Government must urgently consider legislation to regulate the digital world and ensure police have the resources and training to bring internet predators to justice and prevent more children being put at risk.

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