A new webpage has been launched by Interpol, Europe’s police agency, that displays objects that have been found in images of child sex abuse.
The images contain little details like the logo of a bag or a bottle of shampoo that may alert someone who can give the police an anonymous tip.
This website will help uncovered the perpetrators of the attacks and help the victims get justice.
The internet has become a disturbing place, with tens of thousands of pedophiles abusing children and posting photos and videos of it online. Live-streaming has increased the exploitation of children.
The website contains images from investigations that have had all the leads exhausted, so the investigators are using it as a last resort. This is a plea to the public to help the investigators collect the pieces of a jigsaw puzzle.
Most of the images that have been collected by cyber-detectives is too disturbing to share, but occasionally everyday items appear in scenes of abuse.
From BBC :
Each photo has an option underneath to send an anonymous tip to Europol or share on social media. The detectives want users to realise the potentially vital role they can play, they believe a few clicks could help to rescue a child. Past experience has shown a background object can provide a breakthrough. In one case, Steven Wilson tells us: “There was a trampoline in the garden. We zoomed in and saw a manufacturers’ mark. They told us it was only sold in one country – that led us to the right area, and eventually, the suspect.” The officers are aware there is a danger that the perpetrators will spot their pills or their victim’s pyjamas and flee before police can reach them.
But they say it is a calculated risk, and the shots have been cropped to remove the sickening evidence of their crimes against children.
This is a pilot project. Europol is hoping to replicate the success of its “Most Wanted” campaign – 35 of the 50 suspects featured online have been apprehended, 11 thanks to tip-offs from the public.