7 November 2011

Strengthening laws to combat online child sexual exploitation

Countries wishing to enhance their online child protection laws will now have the opportunity, following the acceptance of a legislative global engagement strategy presented at the INTERPOL General Assembly last week.

The 80th General Assembly was held in Hanoi, Vietnam, and was attended by more than 600 delegates from 142 member countries.

The Virtual Global Taskforce-supported resolution to provide a “best practice” model for countries that currently do not have sufficient online child protection legislation was overwhelmingly endorsed by the senior law enforcement officials at the four-day conference.

Virtual Global Taskforce (VGT) Chair and AFP Assistant Commissioner Neil Gaughan said the VGT recognises that while many countries may have legislation in place, they may lack the capability to enforce this, or the training and expertise to dedicate resources to this area of criminality.

“Part of the answer to fighting online child sexual abuse lies in greater collaboration with international law enforcement partners. This cooperation is most effective when the countries have common cybercrime laws,” Assistant Commissioner Gaughan said.

“Having domestic laws consistent with international standards is a vital requirement for law enforcement agencies to be able work together across the globe. 

“Suitable legislation assists global law enforcement partners with evidence-sharing, extradition and the prosecution of such offences while also acting as a deterrent for potential child predators.

“To address this issue, a key outcome from the 2010 VGT Conference was a shared commitment to assist and guide countries around the world that require stronger online child protection laws.”

Following through with this commitment, the VGT declared its intention to cooperate with the Council of Europe to create a greater awareness of existing standards resulting in the development of a draft resolution. 

“I am pleased to say that having the INTERPOL General Assembly accept this resolution, the VGT has commenced bridging the gap, providing a prevention, deterrent and law enforcement measure to improve child protection laws globally,” Assistant Commissioner Gaughan said.

“The resolution focused on the notion that we can support countries without child protection legislation by using the Council of Europe’s existing legislative frameworks.”

Existing frameworks include the “Budapest” Convention on Cybercrime (CETS 185) and the “Lanzarote” Convention on the Protection of Children against Sexual Exploitation and Sexual Abuse (CETS 201).

These conventions provide all 190 INTERPOL member countries with models for drafting and updating their current laws to address legislative gaps which may exist regarding online child sexual exploitation.

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AFP Deputy Commissioner Operations Andrew Colvin submitting the VGT resolution for consideration by the General Assembly

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