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 environmental scan of child sexual exploitation (CSE) online which will be soon available on the VGT website (www.virtualglobaltaskforce.com) aims to identify new and emerging threats. It also focuses on future social, technical, legislative and organizational developments that may influence the online sexual exploitation of children in the next few years.
United Arab Emirates police representative and chairman of the Virtual Global Taskforce (VGT) Major General/Dr Nasser Lakhrebani Al Nuaimi, Secretary General of the Office of HH Deputy Prime Minister, and Minister of the Interior of The United Arab Emirates welcomed the report. Speaking about its key findings he said: “In order to combat online CSE law enforcement must follow technological developments adopted by offenders to abuse and exploit children”. He also pointed out that children remain at significant risk of harm through online grooming and solicitation, and that police agencies across the world need to continue enhancing their efforts to protect them from abuse and exploitation.
Head of Operations, Europol-European Cybercrime Centre, Fernando Ruiz Perez highlighted that the goal of this document is to inform the public about key factors that are constantly reshaping online offending in child sexual exploitation crimes. He also said: “This is crucial to get a collective response of representatives of society, decision makers, law enforcement, private sector and NGOs towards this dynamic crime phenomenon to successfully tackle it”.
The VGT is a collaborative partnership of law enforcement agencies, NGO’s and Industries who have come together across the digital divide to combat online CSE worldwide.