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Portal launched to report child sexual abuse material in El Salvador


El Salvador, July 2, 2020. The Internet Watch Foundation (IWF) and the Government of El Salvador, through the Secretariat of Innovation of the Presidency, with the help of the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), launched a reporting portal, available at this link:
The portal is available in Spanish and provides people in El Salvador with a safe and anonymous place to report child sexual abuse material they accidentally encounter online. The objective of this platform is to remove the content and initiate the respective investigation.

The IWF is the UK charity responsible for finding and removing child sexual abuse images and videos from the Internet.
Once reported through the new portal, the images and videos will be evaluated by the IWF's expert analysts in the UK. If it is confirmed that the material shows child sexual abuse, this content will be blocked and removed from the Internet.
Vladimir Handal, Secretary of Innovation of the Presidency of the Government of El Salvador, says that "every day, the risk and exposure of children on the Internet increases. Our commitment as the Government of El Salvador is to ensure integrity and security in cyberspace. With the support of the IWF we will make available to all Salvadorans the necessary tools to fight cybercrimes against children, in order to make the Internet a safe and developmental place for all".

Susie Hargreaves OBE, Executive Director of the IWF, says the new portal plays an important role in making the Internet safer and preventing criminals from sharing the sexual abuse of children online. "Our data shows that the youngest and most vulnerable children suffer some of the most serious sexual abuse. "The Internet has great potential to do good, but it needs to be safe from these images, and children must be kept safe from predators who seek to exploit them. "This website is an important step in ensuring that wherever this material is shared in the world, people can report it and we can remove it. It's a simple and safe step that could make a big difference in protecting children.
The El Salvador website is the second in Central America, following the launch of the Belize website.
Nayelly Loya, Director of UNODC's Global Programme on Cybercrime, warns that there has been a "significant increase" in child sexual abuse material available on the Internet during the Coronavirus pandemic, but that the new portal will help protect the "most vulnerable" children. The United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime is proud to partner with the Internet Watch Foundation to fight child sexual abuse online. During the COVID pandemic, there has been a significant increase in child sexual abuse material available on the Internet.