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