Vicky Ford MEP

Member of the European Parliament for the East of England

10 DEC 2012

Leading Eastern region MEP joins campaign to combat child pornography on the internet

Vicky Ford, MEP for the East of England, has signed up as a champion to the Internet Watch Foundation (IWF), the body  responsible in the UK for reporting criminal online content.

The IWF was established in 1996 by the internet industry to provide the UK internet hotline for the public and IT professionals to report criminal online content in a secure and confidential way. The IWF Hotline service can be used anonymously, and successfully works in partnership with the online industry, law enforcement, government, and international partners to minimise the availability of criminal content, specifically child sexual abuse images hosted anywhere in the world, criminally obscene adult content hosted in the UK and non-photographic child sexual abuse images hosted in the UK.

Mrs Ford commented: "The work that the IWF do is absolutely essential, and I am pleased to be able to support them in this way and to help them raise awareness of their work. In the past two years alone, by sharing intelligence with police the IWF have aided the identification and rescue of 12 children. Figures show that since the IWF have been in operation, the amount of child sexual abuse content hosted on the internet from the UK has reduced from 18% in 1996 to less than 1% today, which is an indication of the excellent things they are achieving."

To find out more about the Internet Watch Foundation click here


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