G7 GOVERNMENTS COMMIT TO PROTECTING CHILDREN FROM CHILD SEXUAL EXPLOITATION AND ABUSE



AT A GLANCE:

  • G7 Governments make groundbreaking commitments to accelerate action and increase investments to tackle online Child Sexual Exploitation and Abuse (CSEA)

  • The Call comes in the midst of surge of online child abuse due COVID19 pandemic, increasing the sense urgency to act

  • End Violence Partnership is highlighted as key partner to help maximise collective impact to make the internet safe for children

Today in London, the G7 Interior and Security Ministers issued a statement featuring a comprehensive set of commitments from G7 governments calling for more action by government and industry to combat online child sexual exploitation and abuse (CSEA). The G7 recognizes how this growing threat to children everywhere has been further exacerbated during Covid-19 with the emergence of new technologies and children spending more time online.


At any one time, 750,000 individuals are estimated to be looking to connect with children online for sexual purposes. Data from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC) shows the number of reports of suspected child sexual exploitation keeps growing at a startling rate – in 2020 alone there were 22 million reports of suspected child sexual abuse made to NCMEC.


As this problem grows exponentially, it is so encouraging to see this issue being recognized by such an influential group of governments who are committing to action. This statement highlights the importance of more investments to effectively tackle online CSEA at scale and recognizes the End Violence Global Partnership as one of the key global actors that can effectively contribute to this fight.


Key points from the G7 statement include:

  • A call for governments and industry for greater action and investment to tackle online child sexual exploitation and abuse.

  • The need for better collaboration through partnerships such as the End Violence Partnership.

  • Recognition that we can strike a balance in privacy and safety.

The G7 announcement provides an important boost for Together to #ENDviolence campaign and policy agenda that sets an ambitious way forward for what is needed to end violence against children by 2030 - especially in relation to the policy proposal to make the internet safe for children and the lack of human and financial resources to tackle this growing problem.

We commit to work together to maximise the collective impact of the G7 in protecting children around the world from CSEA, recognising the inherently transnational nature of this crime, and offenders’ exploitation of growing global internet access to target children.