Barnardo's pleads for online police to track porn victims

Barnardo's is calling for the establishment of a special 'internet police force' to track the victims of child porn, as well as perpetrators.

At its first major conference into child safety and the internet yesterday, Barnardo's made public its research showing that there is no systematic procedure in the UK for finding and helping child victims abused via internet technologies.

The children's charity says that a specialist investigation unit is needed to co-ordinate inquiries across regional boundaries and between law enforcement and child protection agencies.

The idea has the backing of the former head of the abusive images unit at Greater Manchester Police, Terry Jones, now an internet paedophilia consultant. He said: "Law enforcement worldwide has only traced approximately 250 children. Child protection needs to be a government priority in order to ensure police resources are in place."

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