20,000 men in­ter­ested in abus­ing chil­dren

The Free Press Journal - - WORLD -

LONDON: The Bri­tish po­lice chief in charge of child pro­tec­tion says an es­ti­mated 20,000 men have shown an in­ter­est in sex­u­ally abus­ing chil­dren, the me­dia re­ported. Of­fi­cer Si­mon Bai­ley, the Na­tional Po­lice Chiefs' Coun­cil lead on child pro­tec­tion, on Fri­day said in­ves­ti­ga­tors mon­i­tor­ing a sin­gle on­line cha­t­room in 2017 iden­ti­fied 4,000 men us­ing it from the UK alone, the Guardian re­ported. Bai­ley es­ti­mated the num­ber of men in­ter­ested in sex­u­ally abus­ing chil­dren at more than 20,000. He added that lim­ited re­sources meant not all per­pe­tra­tors could be tack­led, with the po­lice forced to fo­cus on the most dan­ger­ous of­fend­ers. "We are hav­ing to pri­ori­tise the threat... Some lower-level of­fend­ers can­not be ar­rested and taken to court. There is just not the ca­pac­ity."

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