NEWS 2013

INHOPE interviewed by the BBC News Channel about the Terre des Hommes #Sweetie 10 initiative

November 06, 2013

The NGO Terre des Hommes initiative named #Sweetie10 (after a computer-generated 10-year old girl from the Philippines) was the talk of the day on social media, with a lot of press coverage as well. INHOPE was interviewed about it live via Skype  on the BBC News Channel. Here is a transcript of what INHOPE said:
‘’This type of initiative raises awareness on the issue of child sexual exploitation, online and offline. It shows the links existing between ‘child sex tourism’ and the production of child sexual abuse material. It confirms that live-streaming is a new and disturbing criminal money-making trend, a new lucrative platform for organised crime, as it was recently highlighted in a report published by Europol and the European Financial Coalition against Commercial Sexual Exploitation of Children Online (with data from INHOPE).
However, at INHOPE, we believe in cooperation and knowledge sharing. And this is too serious of a crime, in fact one of the worst violations of human rights on the most vulnerable of our citizens, our children, to forget that. Partnership with law enforcement is of critical importance, if we do not want perpetrators escaping  justice and harming again.  Not involving law enforcement can in fact be counterproductive. Perpetrators might not be prosecuted, as there will probably not be enough evidential trail that will stand up in court. By saying ‘the files will be handed to law enforcement’ also gives offenders enough margin of manoeuvre to cover their tracks…Entrapment and enticement are serious issues best left to law enforcement professionals. Tactics should not be publicly discussed, as they might jeopardise ongoing investigations.
We, INHOPE and its member hotlines, stop, with our industry partners, the (re)circulation of child  sexual abuse material on the Internet while providing actionable intelligence to law enforcement which may lead to the arrest of offenders and the identification of victims. We say to the members of the general public, if you stumble across anything you suspect is illegal, help us make a difference, report it, don’t ignore it. ‘’
Click here to see what Troels Oerting, Head of the European Cybercrime Centre (EC3)/ Europol, said to CNN on the matter.

As for INTERPOL, it thanked INHOPE for its partnership approach. You can read their press release below:

‘’INTERPOL is aware that on Monday 4 November a Non Governmental Organization unveiled a report into research that they had carried out in relation to Remote Commercial Child Sexual Exploitation (RCCSE) and that this information has now been provided to the Dutch authorities.

No information about the research or the report was provided to INTERPOL prior to its publication. The Dutch authorities will provide the material to INTERPOL after conducting their own assessment.
As no detail has yet been provided to INTERPOL it would be inappropriate to comment at this time.

The issue of RCCSE is one which INTERPOL, as the world’s largest police organization is aware of and is working with specialist officers in its member countries to address as part of ongoing efforts to address all forms of child sexual exploitation.

Whilst INTERPOL recognizes the important role of NGOs in child protection, it is important that any criminal investigations should only be undertaken by law enforcement professionals. This ensures that enquiries are conducted by individuals specifically trained in investigating these types of crime and that any evidence gathered is in accordance with national legislation and can therefore be submitted to the courts.’’

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