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.
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.
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.
When you report something to a hotline in your country you may wonder what impact this has. In the majority of cases, the INHOPE member hotlines work both indirectly and directly with law enforcement officials and internet service providers. This means that when you report content you believe to contain child sexual abuse material (CSAM) to your local hotline, this information will be passed to the police who do have the power to investigate the crime that is being committed. In some instances, the hotline can even report the content to the internet service provider and have the content removed directly from the internet.
Often when we see images online, we forget about the person behind the image. And that is fine when it is your friends' Instagram story of them on holiday, yet again. But when it is someone being sexually exploited or abused, forgetting about the person behind the image is dangerous. 2.2 billion people globally are under the age of 18, making them society's biggest group, and the most vulnerable to online harm.