ECPAT International and the INHOPE Foundation cooperate in the fight against child sexual abuse material

29 APRIL 2014, AMSTERDAM, THE NETHERLANDS
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The INHOPE Foundation and ECPAT International have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to formalise collaboration with particular emphasis on collaborating to remove child sexual exploitation and abuse material (images and videos) from the Internet.


The INHOPE Foundation and ECPAT International have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to formalise collaboration with particular emphasis on collaborating to remove child sexual exploitation and abuse material (images and videos) from the Internet. Knowledge sharing and provision of technical assistance will be at the very heart of the strengthened partnership. ECPAT International will in particular link the INHOPE Foundation with local partners in countries where ECPAT has a membership base, support and engage in advocacy initiatives to persuade relevant decision makers of the need for a national reporting mechanism to identify and remove evidence of child sexual exploitation and abuse from the Internet.

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"ECPAT International is very pleased to formalise its partnership with INHOPE. Establishing hotlines to allow for reporting online child sexual exploitation is essential to ending these crimes” said . The experience and expertise that INHOPE has in this space will be an incredible asset to ECPAT International and our member groups all over the world. " Dorothy Rozga, Executive Director of ECPAT International
"The INHOPE network of hotlines is dealing with an increasing volume of reports of child sexual exploitation material that is hosted and moved between hosting services around the world. The unique expertise and global reach of ECPAT International is both crucial and extremely valuable to the INHOPE Foundation as it works to build global capacity to identify and disrupt access to online child sexual exploitation material." Russell Chadwick, Executive Director, INHOPE
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About INHOPE

INHOPE is an active, collaborative and influential network of 51 hotlines in 45 countries worldwide, committed to stamping out child sexual abuse from the Internet.

INHOPE was founded in 1999 under the European Commission Safer Internet Programme.

INHOPE Hotlines offer the public a way of anonymously reporting Internet material including child sexual abuse material they suspect to be illegal.

INHOPE members operate a public hotline to receive complaints about apparent illegal content, they then assess the content in accordance with their national laws and if they consider it to be illegal they trace the material to a hosting country. If the content is illegal in the hosting country then the national Hotline takes steps to have the material ‘taken down’ in consultation with their law enforcement partners.


In the first half of 2014:

170 analysts across the INHOPE network processed 587,674 reports of illegal content.

39,144 reports were assessed to contain unique URLs of child sexual abuse material, a 32% increase compared with the last six months of 2013.

81% child victims were female. 6% child victims were infants.

In Europe, 98% was reported to law enforcement within a day. 91% was removed from the Internet within three days.

Want to know more about the work of INHOPE? 

Visit our website www.inhope.org and download our 2013/14 Annual Report

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