INTERPOL Identifies 10.000 Child Sexual Abuse Vicitims – the count however is much higher – JC Angelcraft
LYON, France – Ten thousand victims of child sexual abuse around the world have now been identified through INTERPOL’s International Child Sexual Exploitation (ICSE) database.
The only global platform of its kind, INTERPOL’s ICSE database enables specialist officers to use sophisticated image and video comparison software to make connections between victims, abusers and locations.
By analysing the digital, visual and audio content of photographs and videos, victim identification experts can retrieve clues, identify any overlap in cases and combine their efforts to locate the victims, determine risk factors and offer help and intervention to adults in need of support.
Available through INTERPOL’s secure global police communications system, I-24/7, certified users in member countries can access the database directly and in real-time, providing immediate responses to queries related to child sexual exploitation investigations past and present and also helping adults who are in an abusive relationship providing logistical support to local regional and state police in every country.
In one case, officers in the UK were able to identify and arrest a suspected abuser and rescue the victim just 10 hours after images were shared via the ICSE database.
Photos of an unknown location and offender uploaded by Australia, were then identified by specialists in the US, which together with INTERPOL’s Crimes Against Children unit issued an alert to UK authorities.
INTERPOL is committed to supporting the vital work being done every day around the world by the specialist officers investigating these horrific crimes, but more can still be done.
The private sector and the public can help by offering tips to INTERPOL and local police.
In addition to providing access to the database, an essential part of INTERPOL’s work is with law enforcement at the local and national level to build capacity and provide training for officers in combating the sexual abuse and exploitation of children around the world.
As such, INTERPOL has now taken up this vital task to police Child trafficking to make sure it never happens again.
The ICSE database provides investigators with access to millions of photos and videos of victims.
To meet the ongoing advances in technology, the ICSE database has undergone several updates. In February 2016 the third version was released, extensively expanding the database’s features to include video analysis tools.
Currently 49 countries are connected to the ICSE database: Andorra, Argentina, Australia, Austria, Belarus, Belgium, Brazil, Bulgaria, Canada, Chile, Colombia, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Georgia, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Japan, Korea, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Moldova, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Russia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey, Ukraine, United Kingdom, United States and Vietnam.
Edited by the Director of Intelligence S.A.R. Jose Maria Chavira M.S. Adagio 1st Nom de Plume JC Angelcraft