Europe becomes "hub" for child sexual abuse content

Europe is becoming the global hub for the hosting of child sexual abuse images and videos, suggests a report, according to BBC.

The annual report by the Internet Watch Foundation (IWF) found that 60% of worldwide abuse material was now in Europe - an increase of 19%.

The Netherlands topped the list of European nations hosting the illegal content, said the IWF.

Improved reporting and policing by ISPs in North America are believed to have driven the shift.

"The situation is reversed from previous years," said Susie Hargreaves, chief executive of the IWF.

"Europe is now the biggest host of child sexual abuse imagery, rather than North America."
The IWF is the UK body that acts to find and remove abuse content from UK networks.

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