Dedicated unit to track down paedophiles operating online

By Derek Sooman on April 24, 2006, 2:48 PM
The UK government has launched a crackdown on paedophiles operating online. A new agency shall be created, known as the Child Exploitation and Online Protection (Ceop) centre, which will be the first permanently staffed unit charged with dealing with the Internet paedophilia problem. Headed up by Jim Gamble, former deputy director general of the National Crime Squad, the centre will provide a 24-hour resource to report online child abuse images, and will keep tabs on paedophiles across the world.

The Ceop centre will also start discussions with the technology industry on how to build child protection features into new hardware and will provide education materials for children to help them avoid becoming victims of paedophiles using the internet.

Officers from the centre will pose as children online in order to catch such paedophiles, while investigations by the centre will also tackle the financial side of child sex crime by attempting to capture the credit card details of offenders and seize assets of those who distribute illegal material.

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Baz151 said:
The unfortunate thing about tracking down Paedophiles on the web is that it requires the cooperation of all involved. And with companies like Blizzard that are dedicated to harbouring these types, that job is not going to be easy. I myself have caught several Paedophiles on Blizzards servers, and have reported them to the GM (Game Masters). With absolutely nothing done about it, and no follow-up or correspondence to ensure the safety of the servers are maintained. While companies like Blizzard are allowed to maintain their lack of interests or concern for the children that play on their servers, games like World of Warcraft are going to be the perfect hunting grounds for Paedophiles. Because those that operate these game sites are only concerned about the bottom line.So I’d just like to say good luck to you with that, and maybe one day our global governments will actually force companies like Blizzard to comply with certain safety standards to ensure our children’s safety while they play their games.
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