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Internet crimes

Given the global reach of the Internet, the posting of child abuse material online constitutes an international crime and demands concerted collaboration worldwide.

At INTERPOL, we work very closely with many partners to increase awareness, enforce laws and to prevent crime in this area. We also work with organizations such as the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) and the Internet Governance Forum (IGF) to improve safety and security online.

We run many initiatives,including the development of a victim identification network and the coordination of international operations.

A key project involves the monitoring of websites to develop the "worst of" list of sites that are illegal in all countries. We then work with Internet Access Service Providers (ASPs) to  block access to sites containing child abuse material.

News
14 August 2013

INTERPOL-supported operation targeting online child abuse materials leads to arrests across Latin America

BUENOS AIRES, Argentina – In operations targeting the distribution of child sexual abuse materials primarily in Latin America, law enforcement authorities have arrested or placed under investigation 100 individuals and seized thousands of computers and other equipment containing images or videos of abuse.Coordinated by INTERPOL via its Regional Bureau in...

Research paper

 Child abuse material and the Internet: Cyberpsychology of online child related sex offending
by Aiken, M., Moran, M., & Berry, M. J. (2011)