Three-fold increase of abuse imagery of 7–10-year-olds

In 2021, The IWF (Internet Watch Foundation) detected a three-fold increase in abuse imagery of 7–10-year-olds and more child sexual abuse material online than ever before.

Last year was the worst year on record for child sexual abuse online as lockdowns saw younger and younger children being targeted “on an industrial scale” by internet groomers. New figures show that, in 2021, the Internet Watch Foundation (IWF) took action against 252,000 URLs which it confirmed contained images or videos of children being raped and suffering sexual abuse.

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