INHOPE statistics 2018

Online distribution of child sexual abuse material (CSAM) is a rapidly expanding global problem and the INHOPE network is at the lead in facing this challenge. INHOPE is a global network of hotlines combating online CSAM with 46 hotlines in 41 countries. Hotlines enable the public to report online material, including potential CSAM, that they suspect to be illegal. The hotline will review and investigate each report. If confirmed as illegal, they work with partner hotlines in the network, law enforcement and industry to get the content removed, as rapidly as possible, from the internet.

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INHOPE statistics 2018
The primary tool used to achieve this task is the ICCAM system, which allows for instant cross-border exchange of CSAM reports between hotlines across the globe. From the data gathered from ICCAM, it is evident that:
  • The volume of reports being handled by INHOPE hotlines is increasing.
  • The distribution and redistribution of new and previously seen CSAM is growing.
  • Hotlines are having a significant impact on the issue.
(* ICCAM is INHOPE's secure software solution to collect, exchange and categorise reports of child sexual abuse material. ICCAM is used by INHOPE hotlines in different jurisdictions (countries) and INTERPOL. The name ICCAM is derived from the phrase "I see child abuse material".)
INHOPE has recently published its annual statistics for 2018. The figures demonstrate the scale and proliferation of online CSAM across the globe and the success of the INHOPE network in facing this challenge.
Key figures
  • 155,240 CSAM related reports were exchanged via ICCAM.
  • 337,588 alleged CSAM related images and videos were processed via ICCAM.
  • 223,999 images and videos were assessed as illegal.
  • 58 per cent were removed from the internet in less than three days.
  • 91 per cent involved children under 13 years of age.
  • 80 per cent of victims were female.
  • 84 per cent of the content was hosted on image hosting services.
For information on INHOPE and its hotline network, see

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