International Centre for Missing and Exploited Children Australia Ltd
About Us

The Issue

Icon of computer

Child Sexual Exploitation Online

In 2020, there were more than 21.7 million reports of online child sexual exploitation — representing more than 65 million images, videos, and other files. Each one of these harms a child.*

In 2020, the Australia Centre to Counter Child Exploitation (“ACCCE”) reported over 21,000 incidents of online child sexual exploitation. In the same period, the Australian Federal Police charged a total of 191 people with 1847 alleged child abuse-related offences.

*Source U.S. National Center for Missing & Exploited Children 2020 CyberTipline reports. https://www.missingkids.org/gethelpnow/cybertipline

Icon of file sharing

How did we get into this position?

  • With dramatic growth in internet-connected devices, Child Sexual Abuse Materials (“CSAM”) and live streaming of Child Sexual Exploitation (“CSE”) are easily and instantly accessible to millions of predators around the world.
  • The proliferation of distribution and viewing channels gives offenders easy access to children, whilst the anonymity of the Internet allows offenders to groom children from anywhere in the world.
  • The complexity of the digital payments and marketing ecosystem is making current activities to identify and stop this activity much harder.
  • The lack of understanding around safe data collaboration practices, results in data assets often sitting in “data silos”, with a very small percentage analysed and used to guide effective decision making.
  • Limited data sharing between government agencies, industry and LEAs often allows bad actors to slip through the net.
  • Negligible data sharing between government agencies, industry and LEAs often allows bad actors to slip through the net.
  • Current restrictive data privacy and AML/CTF regulations have all parties fearing severe ramifications for breaches in data sharing laws.

We need to act decisively and rapidly through innovative solutions to detect, disrupt, report and prevent this growing crime.

 

Contact Us About Child Protection Fund

  • This field is for validation purposes and should be left unchanged.