INHOPE publishes its Annual Report 2016

INHOPE, the International Association of Internet Hotlines, has published its Annual Report 2016.

INHOPE is a global network of national internet hotlines, each sharing the common mission of combatting the spread of online child sexual abuse material (CSAM) and child sexual exploitation (CSE).

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Each hotline offers the public in their country a way to anonymously report any suspected CSAM they find on the internet with a common message: ‘'Report it. Don't ignore it.'' Reports submitted to hotlines are assessed by trained analysts. If the content is confirmed as CSAM, the information is then passed to the relevant law enforcement agency and/or Internet Service Provider (ISP) for further action. If the content is identified as being hosted in a different country, the report will be forwarded to the relevant hotline in that country. This process allows for the rapid removal of content from the internet, law enforcement to gain valid evidence, and the potential rescue of a victim.

The reality of fighting these crimes against children is that the public holds a great deal of power to help victims. A single report can make the difference in the identification of an image or the rescue of a child, and internet users must always report what they believe to be online child sexual abuse material.

This review of 2016 showcases the network's achievements, and provides insights into its continuing work.

Read the INHOPE Annual Report 2016.

Find out more about the work of internet hotlines on the INHOPE website.

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