What we do
Making the internet safer for children
The Virtual Global Taskforce (VGT) seeks to build an effective, international partnership of law enforcement agencies, non government organisations and industry to help protect children from online child abuse and other forms of transnational child sexual exploitation.
The objectives of the VGT are:
- to make the internet a safer place
- to identify, locate and help children at risk
- to hold perpetrators appropriately to account
The VGT logo reaffirms the VGT’s purpose that the child is the key focus of the VGT and the eye is always roaming the internet, across international borders, watching over our children to keep them safe online.
VGT making a difference
Since it was established in 2003, the VGT collaboration:
- rescued hundreds of children around the world from sexual abuse
- conducted numerous targeted law enforcement operations into online and offline offending, resulting in over 1000 suspects being investigated
- identified and held to account hundreds of child sex offenders worldwide.
Such examples of these operations include:
- Operation Endeavour (Jan 2014) – an organized crime group that facilitated the live streaming of on-demand child sexual abuse in the Philippines was dismantled after a joint investigation by the U.K.’s National Crime Agency (NCA), the Australian Federal Police (AFP) and U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). Operation Endeavor which began in 2012, has to date resulted in: 29 international arrests, of which 11 were part of the facilitation group in the Philippines; 15 children in the Philippines aged between 6-15 identified and safeguarded from sexual abuse; and over £37,500 ($60,000) identified as having been paid for the live abuse of children by the customer network.
- Operation Rescue (March 2011) – a global paedophile network consisting of thousands of online members was shattered, resulting in more than 200 children being safe-guarded and 184 offenders arrested across the globe. This operation started in 2007 and involved cooperation between seven of the VGT member agencies, including the Australian Federal Police, the Child Exploitation and Online Protection (CEOP) Centre in the United Kingdom, the New Zealand Police, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, The National Child Exploitation Coordination Centre, as part of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, the Italian Postal and Communications Police Service and Europol.
- Operation Basket (December 2010) – resulted in approximately 230 commercial child sexual exploitation websites being taken down and five key members of the criminal organisation behind these web sites being arrested in the Ukraine
- Operation Elm (August 2008) – over 360 suspects were identified worldwide, over 50 UK arrests and at least 15 children safeguarded.
- Operation Chandler (June 2007) – more than 700 suspects were identified worldwide and more than 40 children safeguarded worldwide.