With the launch of our 2019 Annual Report, we are calling for Europe to lead the world in becoming a no-go zone for online sexual predators. Our new figures show that 9 out of 10 webpages identified by our team of analysts, featuring images and videos of children suffering sexual abuse, rape and torture, are hosted on servers in Europe.
Our Annual Report for 2019 highlights concerning trends around the increase of child sexual abuse imagery hosted in Europe including:
· In 2019, almost nine in 10 (89%) known URLs containing child sexual abuse material were hosted in Europe. This compares to eight in 10 (79%) in 2018.
· This is followed by North America, which hosted 9% of all known child sexual abuse URLs in 2019, a fall from 18% in 2018.
· The Netherlands hosts 71% of the child sexual abuse content found by the IWF. This equates to 93,962 URLs. This is an increase from 2018 when the Netherlands was found to be hosting 47% of all known child sexual abuse material.
We encourage anyone working in this area to use our statistics to help inform their valuable work.
Published on 27 April 2020