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India leads in generation of online child sexual abuse material

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With 1,987,430 reports, India accounted for 11.7% of all suspected child sexual exploitation reports received by the CyberTipline in 2019. India was followed by Pakistan with 1,158,390 reports (6.8%), Iraq with 1,026,809 reports (6.04%), Indonesia with 840,221 reports (4.95%) and Mexico with 827,998 reports (4.87%). The Hindu first reported this story but inaccurately said that Bangladesh had the third highest number of reports. Bangladesh has the eighth highest number of reports at 556,642 (3.28%). 9.8% of all reports (1,668,157) could not be attributed to a country because either the IP address was not listed in the report, or proxy IPs were used. CyberTipline is USA’s National Center for Missing and Exploited Children’s (NCMEC) centralised reporting system where individuals and electronic service providers can report incidents of online exploitation of children, including but not limited to child pornography, child sex trafficking, suspected online enticement of children for sexual acts, etc. 53% increase in number of photos, videos reported Compared to 2018 which saw more 18.4 million reports worldwide, 2019 saw fewer reports at 16,9 million reports. Of the reports received in 2019, 150,667 reports were sent by general public and 16,836,694 reports (99.1%) were sent by electronic service providers such as Facebook, Google, Microsoft, etc. These reports included 69,158,197 images, videos and other files related to child sexual exploitation. As per a 2019 New York Times report, 45 million files were reported to NCMEC in 2018. Thus, there has been a 53% increase in the number of photos and videos reported…

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