Making a Real Difference – Annual ECPAT Sweden and NetClean conference
- ECPAT, the Swedish hotline
On Monday, 1 October 2018, Swedish hotline End child prostitution, child pornography and trafficking of children for sexual purposes (ECPAT) Sweden and NetClean organised the annual conference "Making a Real Difference".
With a record attendance of over 300 people, the conference aimed to highlight progress and technological advances in the fight against child sexual abuse online. The target audience was the private sector, law enforcement and politicians from across Sweden.
The agenda included several key speakers such as John Shehan from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC), and INTERPOL Head of the Specialists Group on Crimes Against Children Björn Sellström, also an INHOPE Advisory Board member. Both speakers gave their perspectives on the importance of victim identification and cooperation.
Michael Sheath from the Lucy Faithful Foundation talked about the need for proactive and preventive work. The participants also had the opportunity to discover a case study of the first successful attempt in Sweden to prosecute an offender for rape, when the abuse took place in different countries (the United States, the United Kingdom and Canada) via webcam.
To learn more about the event, visit the "Making a Real Difference" conference website.
- ECPAT Sweden, the Swedish hotline
There is a discrepancy between the prevalence of female offenders in child sexual abuse material, and the notably low number of cases against female offenders in the Swedish courts. There is a risk that society turns a blind eye towards an entire group of sexually abused children.
- Swedish Safer Internet Centre