STATEMENT: Croatia latest hotline to join Project Arachnid in battle against online child sexual exploitation

April 16, 2019
For Immediate Release

The Canadian Centre for Child Protection (C3P) is pleased to announce that Croatia’s Centar za nestalu I zlostavljanu djecu (Centre for Missing and Exploited Children Croatia) (CNZD) has joined Project Arachnid, a platform for reducing the online availability of child sexual abuse materials around the world.

CNZD is the sixth international hotline to start working within Project Arachnid, adding to the growing team of analysts from Canada, the USA, Sweden, Finland, and Colombia. This kind of international collaboration is absolutely critical in the battle against this borderless crime.

While no one knows how many images and videos of child sexual abuse material are on the internet, every month Project Arachnid is detecting more than 500,000 unique images of suspected child sexual abuse material requiring analyst assessment.

Project Arachnid launched in January of 2017 as a response to the findings of the Survivors’ Survey and the growing proliferation of child sexual abuse material witnessed by Cybertip.ca. Project Arachnid detects known images and videos of child sexual abuse material online and issues notices to the hosting provider requesting its removal. To date, Project Arachnid has sent more than 1.6 million notices for removal of child sexual abuse material to providers.

To learn more about Project Arachnid, visit www.projectarachnid.ca.

For more information or to arrange an interview contact:

Phone:
204-945-8074

Email:
communications@protectchildren.ca

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About the Canadian Centre for Child Protection: The Canadian Centre for Child Protection is a national charity dedicated to the personal safety and protection of children. Our goal is to reduce the sexual abuse and exploitation of children, assist in the location of missing children and to prevent child victimization. The Canadian Centre operates Cybertip.ca — Canada’s national tipline to report child sexual abuse and exploitation on the internet, as well as other prevention and intervention services to the Canadian public.

About Cybertip.ca: Since its inception in September 2002, Cybertip.ca has evolved as a central component of Canada’s national strategy to protect children from sexual exploitation on the internet. The tipline has responded to 550,000+ child sexual exploitation reports from the public and referred those reports to law enforcement for investigation, resulting in at least 514 individuals being arrested, hundreds of children being removed from abusive environments and the protection of countless children both within Canada and abroad. Cybertip.ca also provides education and awareness material to help keep Canadians safe, distributing more than 12 million safety resources free-of-charge to schools, law enforcement, child welfare, industry and other stakeholders over the past 15 years.

About CNZD: Croatian NGO Centar za nestalu I zlostavljanu djecu (Center for Missing and Exploited Children) (CNZD) runs Safer Internet Center in Croatia, and 116 000 hotline for missing children. CNZD works on a daily basis with approximately 100 children with behavioral problems. CNZD has been a member of INHOPE since 2013.