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.
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…]