Internet Watch Foundation International Collaboration
Launched in 2005 the Virtual Global Taskforce (VGT) is made up of law enforcement agencies from around the world working together to fight child sexual abuse online.
The objectives of the VGT are:
- to make the internet a safer place
- to identify, locate and help children at risk
- to hold perpetrators appropriately to account
Through the Child Exploitation and Online Protection (CEOP) Centre , the IWF supplies intelligence regarding child sexual abuse websites to support and inform the processes which we hope will bring offenders to justice and rescue children around the world from suffering.
When IWF traces criminal content being hosted abroad we pass that intelligence to the relevant INHOPE Hotline or law enforcement agency in that country so the website can be investigated by the relevant national law enforcement authorities and removed.
We are represented on the European Financial Coalition (EFC) alongside financial, internet and technology corporations, international policing agencies, the European Commission and specialist child protection organisations working together to bring a halt to the activities of those who seek to make money from the distribution of child sexual abuse images. The objective of the EFC is to facilitate and support pan-European police operations which target the payment mechanisms and wider financial systems that facilitate the trade in child sexual abuse images.
Plus, wherever possible, we share our expertise, tactics, and self-regulatory partnership approach with organisations, companies, governments and others around the world.
We believe that little can be achieved in isolation and any national approach is inherently limited unless it transcends borders. By sharing intelligence and tactics internationally, we hope to be able to contribute to global solutions to the problem of the online distribution of child sexual abuse images.
We participate in international conferences dedicated to combating online criminality and the distribution of child sexual abuse content in order to share experience and expertise with associates around the world and to promote effective partnerships and collaborative working.