Reporting online sexual abuse
The database has evolved significantly since its inception in 2001 (when it was known as ICAID), and continues to be developed in line with new technology and demand from investigators.A third version will soon be released which will include innovative technologies such as video analysis and camera identification.Forum participants include Australian state police forces; the National Centre for Missing and Exploited Children (USA); the Internet Watch Foundation (UK); the Internet Hotline Centre (Japan); and End Child Prostitution, Child Pornography and Trafficking of Children for Sexual Purposes (ECPAT International), as well as hotlines for public reports about online child sexual abuse in Australia, Thailand, Cambodia, New Zealand and the Philippines.
They analyse all data that can be drawn from the images in order to amass clues, identify any overlap in cases, and combine their efforts.
The identification of the young victims is a top priority for law enforcement, as it can also help identify the perpetrators.
Central to our efforts is the International Child Sexual Exploitation (ICSE) image database.
Be prepared to provide (as known): Call local law enforcement agency or 911 if the situation is a life-threatening emergency.
A situation where a child is at immediate risk of abuse/neglect that could result in death or serious harm is considered an emergency.