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Offences Against Children: Internet

Volume 479: debated on Monday 1 September 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what assessment she has made of the trends in the number of prosecutions for possession of child abuse images arising from (a) websites and (b) peer to peer networks. (218821)

The number of prosecutions for possession of child abuse images does not indicate the method used to obtain those images.

However the Child Exploitation Online Protection Centre (CEOP) have observed that in the past year the use of peer to peer networks by offenders to share and distribute images of child abuse has increased. Other more “traditional” methods of obtaining such images, including downloading from websites, are still continued to be used by offenders.

The Government are committed to the removal of all images containing child abuse images from the internet. We work closely with CEOP, the Internet Watch Foundation (IWF) and industry in order to achieve this.