Jacob Rees-Mogg has stated the federal government is taking the rise of child sexual exploitation (CSE) materials online seriously however refused to permit involved MPs a debate within the House of Commons.
His assertion was made after the Internet Watch Foundation (IWF) warned of an “epidemic” of child abuse pictures on the open net, in line with experiences the charity acquired final yr.
Labour’s Chris Elmore MP, who chairs the all-party parliamentary group on social media, stated he would work with the IWF on an inquiry into the rise in CSE materials online.
The charity acquired greater than 260,000 experiences in 2019, a 14% improve on the yr earlier than. Of these experiences, greater than 132,000 had been of pictures or movies of kids being sexually abused.
According to the charity, the experiences it acquired “equate to millions of images and videos” and its chief government Susie Hargreaves OBE stated it was “really shocking… that it’s all available on the open internet, or ‘clear web’.”
Mr Elmore requested Mr Rees-Mogg because the chief of the House to carry ahead both a authorities assertion or time for a debate “to ensure that the government is working with every organisation” to guard kids.
He added that he needed to see “social media providers… tackled head on in dealing with these heinous crimes that children are facing”.
Mr Rees-Mogg thanked him for the query, and stated: “The authorities has a really clear plan to make sure higher enforcement on this space with continued rigour and is aware of the obligations of media suppliers, be they online or offline.
“Therefore it’s one thing the federal government will search to take seriously,” Mr Rees-Mogg said, before adding: “I can not promise a right away debate however there have been DCMS questions beforehand and I might encourage him to proceed elevating it.”
Susie Hargreaves stated: “We look ahead to working with Chris Elmore on the inquiry, and offering our world-leading experience on this situation.
“These truly are heinous crimes, and the victims are all real children. We all need to make sure we are doing more until all images of child sexual abuse are eradicated from the internet for good.”