Tech companies are reporting a boom in online photos and videos of children being sexually abused — a record 45 million illegal images were flagged last year  alone — exposing a system at a breaking point and unable to keep up with the perpetrators, an investigation by The New York Times found.Continue reading
Lisa is 15 years old when she reports sexual abuse to the police. Because the details are increasingly gruesome and hard to believe, the Public Prosecution Service decides to stop the investigation. The Dutch NPO Radio 1 program Argos studied the files of this case. Listen to the Argos episode of December 8, 2018, and read the response of the Public Prosecution Service to the broadcast. Note that Lisa’s story contains shocking details and explicit descriptions of sexual acts and violence. Lisa is not her real name.
For several months, RTL news went undercover on the dark web, a closed area on the internet where, among other things, child pornography is shared. Their investigation demonstrates that various images of sexual abuse of Dutch children are shared. Certain members in this network also share hurtcore, child pornography focused on pain and humiliation, which is becoming increasingly popular according to the police. Source: RTL Nieuws / BNNVARA
Undercover on the dark web: abuse images of hundreds of Dutch children in online networks
This is how RTL News went undercover in the underground child pornography networks
Broadcast by BNNVARA on May 13, 2019, in which tech journalist Daniel Verlaan provides explanations