Statistics on the report
Stop Child Pornography in numbers
Save the Children’s Stop Child Pornography reporting service receives more than 200 reports every month about sexually offensive material featuring children.
Read the annual statistics about:
- The number of reports
- Descriptions of the contents of the reports
- Analysis and comments on the statistics
Statistics for 2016
In 2016, the reporting service received 1128 reports of sexually offensive material with children.
- 29% of the reports were about websites and file sharing folders with illegal content.
- 12% of the reports concerned images or movies with posing children or websites where the context clearly referred to the sexual exploitation of children.
The remaining 59% of the reports related to inaccessible websites or websites that did not feature the violation of persons under age 18.
Changes in the reports
We observed two particular developments in the reported materials in 2016:
- Large increase in the number of reports of materials in file sharing folders.
In recent years, file sharing folders have become a common way of sharing materials, as they would appear to offer an anonymous space in which to place materials.
- Increase in the number of video materials Video has clearly become a commonly used format.
Where video was a relatively unique material just a few years ago, higher bandwidth and the improved quality of the cameras on mobile phones has meant that sexual abuse was increasingly recorded as videos in 2016.
The Interpol image database
2016 was the first year in which Stop Child Pornography analysed images in the Interpol image database of abuse materials.
In the course of the year, we analysed 8233 images in the database – about 25% of which featured clearly illegal materials.
Statistics for 2015
In 2015, Stop Child Pornography received 1772 reports about sexually offensive materials featuring children.
- 36% of the reports were about websites and file sharing folders with illegal content.
- 5% of the reports referred to websites where text and links dealt with or referred to the sexual abuse of children.
- 5% of the reports featured content in which children are posing in ways that are not illegal in relation to the criminal code.
The other 54% were about inaccessible websites or websites that did not feature the violation of persons under age 18.
In 2015, we examined on average 34 reports each week, 12 of which were evaluated as containing images or videos featuring the sexual abuse of children
Abuse materials are being exchanged on the dark web
The statistics for 2015 showed a decrease in the number of reports in relation to 2014, where we received 2568 reports.
However, we do not believe that the fewer reports in 2015 were because there were fewer exchanges of abuse images with children.
This is more because the illegal materials were increasingly exchanged on ‘the dark web’, meaning that ordinary citizens are less likely to encounter child pornographic materials.
At the same time, the efforts being made by reporting services around the world appear to have become more effective in the sense that illegal materials are being removed faster.