Crime & Investigation

Uganda Hailed for Combating Online Child Sexual Abuse Imagery

More than a quarter of a million WebPages showing children being sexually abused have been identified and removed in 20-year history, buy more about Chimp Corps report.

This followed the establishment of the Uganda Reporting Portal in September, 2015.

The portal provided a quick and easy way for citizens to report online images and videos of child sexual abuse, to a safe and anonymous hotline.

Officials on Friday said Uganda joined forces with the IWF (Internet Watch Foundation) in the global battle to remove online of child sexual abuse imagery – and in doing so became part of a proud history.

“The IWF’s has done an incredible job in identifying and removing a huge number of images and videos of online child sexual abuse over their 20-year life. Uganda is now part of that history, and a joint mission help protect victims of this abuse and make the internet a safer place,” IWF said in a statement to this website.

So far, at least 699,403 reports have been assessed by the IWF’s analysts, with, 281,781 of those showing the sexual abuse of children.

One report might show one, or thousands of images or videos of sexual abuse (October 1996 to September 30, 2016)

Only 0.2 percent of the world’s known child sexual abuse imagery is hosted in the UK today. That figure was 18 percent back in 1996 when the IWF was founded.


IWF revealed it identified in one year 68,092 WebPages of child sexual abuse imagery, marking an increase of 417 percent over two years

IWF CEO Susie Hargreaves OBE says: “What’s truly shocking is not always the numbers of reports to our hotline, but what is shown in those images and videos. Each and every one of those quarter of a million reports is the record of the sexual abuse of a child. These are real children. The majority are under 10-years-old. Some are younger than two.”

He appreciated Uganda being part of our ground-breaking initiative, to share and provide a first class Reporting Portal to protect citizens.

“Child sexual abuse imagery is a global problem and we can only fight it with a truly global solution. Uganda is now part of our history and our solution,” said Susie.

IWF Reporting Portals have already been successfully established in Mauritius, Uganda, Akrotiri and Dhekelia, Anguilla, Ascension Islands, Bermuda, British Virgin Islands (BVI), Cayman Islands, Gibraltar, Montserrat ,Pitcairn Islands, Tristan Da Cunha, Turks and Caicos, St Helena and most recently, India.

What is the IWF Reporting Portal?

By working closely with internet companies, the IWF (a non-for-profit organisation) helps people who stumble across online child sexual abuse images and videos (sometimes known as child pornography) to report it anonymously, via a web-based reporting hotline.

A team of experienced IWF analysts then work directly with the internet industry and law enforcement, to have any abusive imagery removed quickly.

The advantage of establishing an IWF Reporting Portal is that any reports of suspected online child sexual abuse imagery generated in Uganda are assessed directly by one of IWF’s analysts. These analysts are respected globally for their experience.

Today, the IWF Hotline provides one of the most successful reporting mechanisms in the world. Their analysts are considered world-leaders for their expertise.

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