INHOPE #reportit – Your reports lead to investigations and arrests

A single anonymous report can have an incredibly huge impact. INHOPE's member hotlines have countless success stories, in which a public report has led to successful investigations into cases of child sexual abuse and in some cases, to the arrests of the offenders. Below are just a few examples.

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A report to French hotline Point de Contact resulted in the seizure of 26 storage devices containing 80,000 child sexual abuse images and videos. The couple was convicted and imprisoned.

A report to Irish hotline Hotline.ie resulted in the arrest and prosecution of a child sex offender in the United States of America.

A report to the Taiwanese hotline ECPAT Taiwan led to an investigation in which they consulted with the Innocent Operations Unit of the FBI regarding two websites based in China, which resulted in the arrest of 46 suspects.

A report to the US hotline CyberTipline resulted in the arrest of the perpetrator within 24 hours of the report, with the police swiftly acting upon the information provided by the hotline analysts.

INHOPE's global network of hotlines works with both law enforcement and internet service providers to ensure child sexual abuse material (CSAM) is removed from the internet. When you see something that you believe could be CSAM, take five minutes to report it. It could make all the difference.

Don't ignore it, report it!

From Monday, 9 March to Tuesday, 14 April 2020, INHOPE, the International Association of Internet Hotlines, is running a #reportit campaign across social media to promote the importance of reporting child sexual abuse material (CSAM) when encountered online. For more information, visit inhope.org, as well as their Facebook and Twitter pages.

Additionally, to learn more about the work of INHOPE hotlines, visit betterinternetforkids.eu.

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