Child sex abuse images increasingly being found and removed
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Nearly 70,000 pictures and videos showing child sex abuse have been removed from the internet in the past year, the UK charity leading the efforts to combat the abuse has said.
The Internet Watch Foundation (IWF) was given more powers in 2014 to actively search for such images and take action.
The content it found included images and videos of 1,788 victims who were assessed as being aged two or under.
Just 0.2% of child sexual abuse imagery is hosted in the UK, the charity said.
Reporting on its work in 2015, the IWF said:
- 68,092 reports were identified as containing illegal child sexual abuse
- 69% of victims were assessed as aged 10 or younger
- 34% of images were category A – which involves the rape or sexual torture of children