1 October 2014

Minister Opstelten: tackle child abuse on the international level

The fight against sexual abuse of children on the Internet is an international matter and the National Police of the Netherlands have joined the international platform of countries, investigative services and other parties, in the fight against child abuse. This is why Ivo Opstelten, the Dutch Minister of Security and Justice, visited the United States Sept. 30 for the Second Ministerial Conference of the Global Alliance Against Child Sexual Abuse Online, held in Washington, D.C.

During the conference, more countries joined the alliance, which was founded at the initiative of the European Union and the United States in Brussels, two years ago. The Netherlands joined the alliance from the start and presently, more than 50 countries worldwide collaborate to identify, help and protect victims of child pornography on the Internet. These countries are committed to increasing efforts to investigate and prosecute offenders. The general public should also be aware of sexual abuse of children on the Internet, and the availability of child pornographic images and videos must be curbed.

Minister Opstelten will also open the biannual conference of the Virtual Global Taskforce (VGT) held Nov. 5 in the Netherlands. The theme of the conference will be the fight against child sex tourism and live streaming, in other words, abuse by means of webcams.

In the National Police Security Agenda for 2015-2018, Minister Opstelten announced that the investigation and prosecution of child pornography and child sex tourism will be given more emphasis. Child pornography cases have a major impact on global societies. Partly as a result of the digitization of society, the extent of the problem is growing, and it does not stop at borders. The abuse that is the source of child pornographic images is increasingly taking place through remote Internet connections and webcams. Mr Opstelten said he is pleased that more and more countries unite in the struggle against the sexual abuse of children.

By joining the VGT, the National Police aim to intensify the fight against child sexual abuse. Minister Opstelten said the police are improving their ability to report suspects of child pornography to the Netherlands Public Prosecution Service with 568 suspects reported in 2013, almost 20 percent more than in 2010. Minister Opstelten added that the current goal is for the number of interventions by police to increase to 700 in 2018, with the focus shifting to more serious cases. This means tackling the real abusers and producers of child pornography, in addition to those who download it.

Another important aspect is the fight against child sex tourism: people committing sexual abuse of children abroad, with Minister Opstelten stating that he will work to tighten legislation even further. For instance, penalization should be extended to include a certain form of abuse without physical contact, known as ‘grooming.’ Collaboration will be enhanced through extra police liaisons, and through coordination with the corporate sector (for instance, the travel industry) and nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) in regions with an increased risk of child abuse, such as Southeast Asia and South America. Collaborative pilot projects between the police and NGOs have already been set up in the Philippines and Thailand. The police and the NGOs also collaborate to increase awareness of the possibilities of screening Dutch volunteers and staff of child aid organisations in non-EU countries.

Share with a friend

Photos

Virtual Global Taskforce

Virtual Global Taskforce (VGT)

View Slideshow

Previous news item

VGT’s sixth biennial international conference in Amsterdam

The Virtual Global Taskforce (VGT), an international alliance of law enforcement and private sector agencies dedicated to combating online child sexual abuse, is hosting its sixth biennial international conference in [more…]

9 January 2017

INTERPOL network identifies 10,000 child sexual abuse victims

LYON, France – Ten thousand victims of child sexual abuse around the world have now been identified through INTERPOL’s International Child Sexual Exploitation (ICSE) database. The only global platform of [more…]

13 December 2016

VGT Board welcomes “NCAC” as new member

The United Arab Emirates’ Ministry of Interior, the current chair of the Virtual Global Taskforce (VGT), welcomed the National Children’s Advocacy Center (NCAC) as a new member of the VGT. [more…]

2 December 2016

VGT Announce 20 Arrests in 6 Months from Operation Globe

The Virtual Global Taskforce (VGT) concluded its meetings in Bern, Switzerland. The meetings were chaired by Major General Dr. Nasser Lakherbani Al Nuaimi, Secretary General of the Office of HH [more…]

25 November 2016

VGT Board of Management Meeting in Bern

The UAE Ministry of Interior, the current Chair of the Virtual Global Taskforce (VGT), leads the VGT Board of Management meeting, to be held during 28-30 November in Bern, Switzerland. [more…]

12 June 2016

Virtual Global Taskforce Combatting Child Exploitation Online Welcomes Magnet Forensics

The Virtual Global Taskforce (VGT) Combatting Child Exploitation Online welcomed Magnet Forensics, a global leader in the acquisition, analysis and reporting of digital evidence. Their application was approved following a [more…]

8 April 2016

Virtual Global Taskforce (VGT) Concludes Meeting in Colombia

The Virtual Global Taskforce (VGT) approved a project to form a work group that includes law enforcement entities affiliated to the Virtual Global Taskforce (VGT) members, alongside its private and [more…]

6 April 2016

The UAE Welcomes the Philippines Joining the Virtual Global Taskforce

The United Arab Emirates (UAE), the current chair of the Virtual Global Taskforce (VGT), welcomed the Philippines as a new member of the VGT the Global Alliance against online child [more…]

1 April 2016

VGT Continues its Efforts to Foster Child Protection

The Virtual Global Taskforce (VGT) chaired by the United Arab Emirates (UAE) will convene an official meeting in the Colombian city of Cartagena during 4-7 April 2016. The meeting will [more…]

30 December 2015

VGT Welcomes the Child Rescue Coalition

The Virtual Global Taskforce (VGT) welcomed the Child Rescue Coalition, the newest partner to join the alliance with the aim of promoting the efforts in the ongoing fight against online [more…]

20 December 2015

VGT Welcomes Web-IQ from the Netherlands

The Virtual Global Taskforce (VGT) welcomed the Netherlands company Web-IQ specialized in online information, into its organization to protect children against online sexual exploitation. The Web-IQ application was approved following [more…]

20 December 2015

The VGT Child Sexual Exploitation Environmental Scan 2015

Strategic priorities for the Virtual Global Task Force (VGT) Board of Management (BoM) were announced today in a report commissioned by the BoM from The Europol-European Cybercrime Centre (EC3). The [more…]

18 December 2015

UAE Welcomes ICDL GCC to VGT

The United Arab Emirates (UAE), the current chair of the Virtual Global Taskforce (VGT), welcomed the International Computer Driving License (ICDL) GCC as a new member of the VGT the [more…]

12 November 2015

UAE assumes chair of Virtual Global Taskforce

The United Arab Emirates assumed chair today of the Virtual Global Taskforce (VGT), an international alliance of law enforcement and private sector agencies dedicated to combating online child sexual exploitation [more…]

12 November 2015

VGT announces over 300 arrests from Operation Atlas

Members of the Virtual Global Taskforce (VGT) today announced the results of Operation Atlas, a global initiative to highlight investigations being conducted by VGT law enforcement members into the sharing [more…]

14 July 2015

Colombian National Police Cases

Operation OPEN YOUR EYES During a search warrant on Nov. 12, 2014, five adults were arrested in Cucuta, Colombia for pimping minors and pornography with minors. This criminal network used [more…]

15 April 2015

UAE to chair Virtual Global Taskforce

SYDNEY, Australia – The Ministry of Interior for the United Arab Emirates was selected this week as the next chair of the Virtual Global Taskforce (VGT), an international alliance of [more…]

10 March 2015

New VGT partner Kik Takes Steps to Combat Exploitation of Minors

Kik Interactive has taken two important steps towards preventing exploitation of minors in its chat app, Kik. The Waterloo-based company has become the first Canadian company to adopt Microsoft PhotoDNA [more…]

4 March 2015

International Centre for Missing & Exploited Children hosts Inaugural Gala for Child Protection Thursday, May 7

The International Centre for Missing & Exploited Children (ICMEC), a non-profit organization working to empower and equip the global community to protect children from sexual abuse, exploitation and abduction, will [more…]

25 February 2015

International Effort Leads to Rescue of 22-month-old Romanian Baby being molested

This weekend, special agents and investigators in the United States and European Union scrambled to rescue a 22-month-old Romanian baby after learning that she was being sexually abused. It was [more…]

17 November 2014

Two teens rescued from suspected British child sex offender

Two teenagers were rescued from a hotel room in the Philippines following an international investigation into a British man who has been charged with child sex offenses. The Philippine teenagers [more…]