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 noviembre 2015

Rescuing online child sexual abuse victims spotlighted at INTERPOL meeting

16 noviembre 2015

INTERPOL respalda el llamamiento de la cumbre #WePROTECT para la adopción de un modelo de respuesta nacional a fin de combatir los abusos de menores

05 noviembre 2015

La Asamblea General de INTERPOL aprueba un plan para el futuro de la Organización

04 noviembre 2015

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

23 septiembre 2015

INTERPOL y el FBI estrechan sus lazos para combatir el terrorismo y la ciberdelincuencia

16 septiembre 2015

INTERPOL reúne a expertos para que intercambien buenas prácticas en materia de lucha contra el chantaje sexual

25 junio 2015

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

14 abril 2015

La tecnología de Microsoft impulsa la labor mundial de identificación -a través de INTERPOL- de niños víctimas de abusos

20 febrero 2015

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

11 diciembre 2014

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

10 diciembre 2014

El aumento de la cooperación es esencial para resolver los delitos de abuso de menores en línea, afirma el jefe de INTERPOL

23 junio 2014

Premio internacional otorgado a un funcionario de INTERPOL en reconocimiento a su labor en pro de los derechos de los niños

18 junio 2014

Child abuse ring identified through international collaboration via INTERPOL

10 abril 2014

El Papa declara en una conferencia que la trata de personas es una herida abierta en la sociedad

09 abril 2014

El jefe de INTERPOL declara en una conferencia sobre trata de personas: “Somos aliados en la lucha mundial para proteger la vida y la dignidad humanas”

04 abril 2014

Una operación en Côte d’Ivoire apoyada por INTERPOL da lugar al rescate de niños víctimas de trata y explotación

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)