Global Action Urged on Kid Abuse Sites

Watchdog calls for international body to wipe out 3,000 sites
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Apr 17, 2008 5:44 AM CDT
The Internet Watch Foundation estimates there are roughly 3,000 websites worldwide trading in images of child sex abuse, many of them run by criminal gangs.   ((c) KhE %u9F99)
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(Newser) – Britain's Internet Watch Foundation is calling for the creation of an international body to help stamp out internet sites profiting from images of child sex abuse, the BBC reports. There are nearly 3,000 such sites worldwide, a number that has stayed constant over the last three years as sites move from country to country to stay ahead of the law, according to the organization.

"We are now asking for a worldwide effort to go in and combat this issue," said a spokesman for the group. The foundation has succeeded in eradicating sites in the UK, and representatives believe governments, police forces, and net companies could have the same success tackling the problem globally if they worked together.