Massive investigation in Italy combating online child sexual abuse | Europol Newsroom – July 8, 2020

(Europol Newsroom) Communications took place through a popular instant messaging application, and they were referred to the police once they were detected by the service owners.

A successful investigation to tackle online child abuse conducted by the Italian State Police (Polizia di Stato) of Turin and supported by Europol, has led to 50 investigations and several searches across the country. Working from referrals through Europol by the Canadian National Child Exploitation Coordination Centre (NCECC), investigators targeted suspects producing, exchanging and possessing child sexual abuse material. →

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Exploiting isolation: sexual predators increasingly targeting children during COVID pandemic — EUROPOL Newsroom – June 19 ,2020

A further increase in sharing of child abuse material online, sexual coercion and extortion of children is expected

(EUROPOL Newsroom)  Video calls with friends and family, social media interaction, online games, educational use: during the corona lockdown children’s lives promptly shifted even further from the real world into an online virtual one. Sex offenders have found in this development a tempting opportunity to access a broader group of potential victims. The report published today by Europol shines a light on the increased sharing of child sexual exploitation images online and how to confront this serious threat to children’s safety.

To confront this threat, law enforcement has also increased its efforts to tackle this severe crime, which sees a child being re-victimised every time an image is shared. →  

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