Can’t‘ar­rest way’out of in­ter­net child abuse

The Press and Journal (Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire) - - NEWS -

The scale of on­line child abuse means that po­lice can­not “ar­rest our way” out of the prob­lem, a se­nior law en­force­ment of­fi­cer has warned.

More than 100 peo­ple a week are ar­rested for on­line sex­ual ex­ploita­tion and abuse, but there are “many more” po­ten­tial of­fend­ers.

Keith Niven, head of safe­guard­ing at the Child Ex­ploita­tion and On­line Pro­tec­tion Com­mand (Ceop), warned that so­phis­ti­cated of­fend­ers were us­ing en­cryp­tion tech­nol­ogy to cover their tracks and urged in­ter­net firms to do more to pre­vent abuse.

“In terms of ar­rest­ing peo­ple, I will use the phrase that we can’t ar­rest our way out of this,” he said.

There were 438 ar­rests every month for on­line sex­ual ex­ploita­tion and abuse, up from 417 in the whole of 2010.

But he warned: “That’s not go­ing to solve this prob­lem.

“It puts per­pe­tra­tors in prison and it keeps them from abus­ing chil­dren but there are so many more out there.”

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