Online child abuse leap up during lockdown alert police
Police forces around the world are been alerted of transgressors and paedophiles using the coronavirus lockdown to attack children.
Data put forward by the BBC shows request for abuse imagery has risen up.
Reports of non-attendance online material more than doubled worldwide to not less than four million between March and April.
‘The US-based Center for Missing and Exploited Children said some of that rise related to one especially horrific and widely-circulated video.’
*In the UK, where 300,000 people are considered a threat to children, there were nearly nine million attempts in the last month to access child sexual abuse websites which had been previously blocked by the Internet Watch Foundation.*
The anti-child abuse fund which reports sites to internet service providers, make known that since the pandemic started there has been an 89% drop in site omission by the tech companies.
‘It believes this may be because many of these firms have fewer people staffing their hotlines during the pandemic.’
Denmark also made known the number of attempts to access child abuse websites has increase by three.
With most schools closed, children are having more time online. Experts say that puts them at an extreme risk of getting pull into sexual abuse.
Cathal Delaney of Europol told the BBC: “Children are more vulnerable, they’re isolated, they’re not being as well supervised online and they’re spending more time online during this period than they would have previously.
“Those conditions lend themselves to children being approached in different ways or coerced or exploited.”