Netherlands at risk of becoming  a safe haven for child sexual abuse

Almost half of the recorded number of child sex abuse images were found to be hosted in the Netherlands, says the Internet Watch Foundation. 

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Why this story matters:

The Netherlands has topped the Internet Watch Foundation’s statistics on the number of illegal images, of child sex abuse hosted across the world in 2018.

The statistics revealed that 47% of the illegal content, from over 105,000 web addresses, was hosted in the Netherlands. Out of the total worldwide content, Europe was responsible for hosting 78.8% of the images of child sex abuse.

The report suggested the Netherlands is on the path to being a “safe haven for child sexual abuse”. They have since offered support to Dutch authorities in tackling the issue.

Details from the story:

  • The Dutch government has since pledged to combat the surge in images.
  • The Internet Watch Foundation (IWF) allows individuals to report illegal images of child sex abuse they find online.
  • The IWF will not name the sites.

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