Friday 10 July 2020

Dutch police identified 130 children in porn investigations last year

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Dutch police last year identified 130 children who were being sexually abused by adults last year, and made 380 arrests following child porn investigations, according to police figures released at the weekend.

Around 100 of those arrested were suspected of making child pornography. ‘It could be a sports teacher who we found to have pictures of a child or a grandfather who has abused his grandchildren or other local kids for years,’ police spokesman Ben van Mierlo told broadcaster NOS.

Last year, police received 18,000 reports of child porn, up from 12,000 in 2016. The increase, police say, is due to a rise in the amount of child pornography on the internet and increased awareness.

Van Mierlo says technology firms can do more to stop child porn being spread. ‘Some do their best but others do nothing,’ he said. ‘The sector could be better regulated on this point.’

The police and justice ministry officials want to get together with hosting firms to talk about possible measures to combat the spread of child porn.

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