Member States must have zero tolerance on child sex abuse images

04-May-2017 @ 16:00

Emma McClarkin Emma McClarkin

Emma McClarkin Emma McClarkin

Emma McClarkin Emma McClarkin

Member States must have zero tolerance on child sex abuse images

Conservative MEP, Emma McClarkin, is calling on EU Member States to follow the example of the Internet Watch Foundation (IWF) in the UK to best eliminate child sexual abuse imagery online.

Miss McClarkin made the call as the European Parliament considers how to implement its new approach to combat the sexual abuse and exploitation of children and child pornography.

IWF Champion, Miss McClarkin said: “The internet needs to be a safer place for our children, where we can identify and remove any child sexual abuse imagery. EU Member States must do more to tackle this problem and the work of the Internet Watch Foundation in the UK is an impressive example on how to do so.

“By proactively searching and removing images and videos of abuse from websites and operating a hotline allowing the public to anonymously report them, the Foundation has been successful. The facts speak for themselves; the UK now hosts less than 0.1% of the child sexual abuse imagery online.

“We must show those that wish to commit this crime that they are faced with a coherent and united opposition against them. We can start by sharing and adopting what works, and the zero-tolerance approach by the UK with the IWF works. I urge Member States to follow the UK’s example.

According to the Internet Watch Foundation, Europe hosts 60% of child sexual abuse webpages. Of all child sexual abuse URLs identified globally in 2016, 92% were hosted by just 5 countries. Two of the five are European countries: 37% are hosted in the Netherlands & 11% in France.

She added: “These crimes go beyond national borders and we must show that protecting children online is a priority and one that we will all work collaboratively to tackle it. Not only between EU Member States but with nations around the world.”

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