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. Key to identifying victims is the International Child Sexual Exploitation database.

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.

Identifying videos of abuse

To aid law enforcement in fighting crimes against children, a new forensic technology has been developed to assist in finding and removing the most explicit videos of child sexual exploitation from the Internet.

Created by online security technology provider Friend MTS and donated to the International Centre for Missing and Exploited Children, the technology generates a unique digital signature, like a fingerprint, of child sexual abuse videos, which can then be compared with other videos to detect matching ‘fingerprints’.

Once a video is given a ‘fingerprint’, police and Internet service providers can quickly and easily identify full or partial copies of the video wherever they are hosted online. This enables online providers to filter and block known child sexual abuse material, and helps police to investigate cases of online child abuse more efficiently.   

18 November 2015

Rescuing online child sexual abuse victims spotlighted at INTERPOL meeting

16 November 2015

INTERPOL backs #WePROTECT summit call for model national response in combating child abuse

05 November 2015

INTERPOL General Assembly approves blueprint for Organization’s future

04 November 2015

Rwandan programme to tackle gender-based violence spotlighted at INTERPOL General Assembly

23 September 2015

INTERPOL and FBI to forge closer ties against terrorism and cybercrime

16 September 2015

INTERPOL brings together experts to share best practice in combating ‘sextortion’

25 June 2015

Official visit to INTERPOL by Frances Fitzgerald, Ireland’s Minister for Justice and Equality

14 April 2015

Global efforts to identify child abuse victims via INTERPOL boosted with Microsoft technology

20 February 2015

Togo police arrest suspected child rapist accused of kidnapping two girls from Benin

11 December 2014

INTERPOL role in combating online child abuse recognized by #WeProtect Global Summit

10 December 2014

Stronger cooperation key to success in online child abuse investigations, says INTERPOL Chief

23 June 2014

INTERPOL officer recognized for efforts to protect children’s rights with international award

18 June 2014

Child abuse ring identified through international collaboration via INTERPOL

10 April 2014

Human trafficking an open wound on society, Pope Francis tells conference

09 April 2014

INTERPOL Chief tells human trafficking conference ‘we are allies in global fight to protect human life and dignity’

04 April 2014

Children rescued from trafficking and exploitation in Côte d’Ivoire operation supported by INTERPOL

INTERPOL's International Child Sexual Exploitation (ICSE) database

8 steps to identifying victims of child sexual abuse

Research paper

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