Guidelines for protecting child sexual abuse victims adopted at Interpol group meeting

Global specialists in combating online child sexual abuse, gathered at the 34th meeting of the Interpol specialists group on crimes against children in Lyon and have adopted a set of law enforcement guidelines on protecting the identity of young victims when dealing with the media, the world police body said in a statement on Friday.

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The guidelines outline “the appropriate actions and language suggested for use by police when communicating on child sexual abuse cases to the media,” aiming to ensure that “victims” identities will not be discovered, therefore reducing the risk that they could be further victimized, said the statement.

The five-day meeting from Nov. 14 to 18 also provided an overview of global efforts and technical solutions for combating online child sexual abuse, identifying victims and their attackers, and disrupting criminal networks involved in soliciting and disseminating abuse material, it added.

During the meeting, experts have also discussed the future development and evolution of the Interpol’s International Child Sexual Exploitation (ICSE) database which enables law enforcement to rescue an average of seven abused children every day, Interpol said.

Information exchanged via Interpol’s network of specialist officers in 49 countries around the world and Europol via Interpol’s ICSE database has already led to the identification of nearly 10,000 victims and the arrest of more than 4,500 perpetrators, the world police body said. Enditem

Source: Xinhua/NewsGhana.com.gh

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