Figures released on Wednesday (April 18th), by the Internet Watch Foundation (IWF), the charity that searches for and removes online child sexual abuse imagery, show that more of this disturbing material is being found than ever before with a 37% increase in child sexual abuse URLs.
The data is published in the IWF’s Annual Report, which provides a yearly global measure of the number of online images and videos of children being sexually abused to government, the police and the internet industry. The eagerly awaited report also contains trends in how services are being abused by offenders to host this illegal material.
Alarmingly, Europe is named as the worst offender, now hosting 65% of all confirmed IWF child sexual abuse imagery (up from 60% last year).
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