Parliament calls for further efforts to investigate online child sexual abuse, prosecute offenders, protect child victims and remove illegal online content, in a resolution voted on Wednesday. The ongoing EU data protection reform also includes changes to better protect the rights of children online, MEPs stress. More than 80 % of the victims are under 10 years old.
To combat the sexual exploitation of children and child abuse images, a comprehensive approach is needed, embracing the investigation of offences, the prosecution of offenders, the protection of child victims and preventive measures, says the resolution, which was approved by 606 votes to 4 with 67 abstentions..
Parliament’s call for action says that:
An international problem needs an international solution
International cooperation and transnational investigations must be stepped up, since these crimes span hundreds of countries with different legal jurisdictions and law enforcement agencies. MEPs welcome the joint initiative by the EU and 55 countries to form the Global Alliance against Child Sexual Abuse Online. This aims to rescue more victims, ensure more effective prosecution, raise awareness and achieve an overall reduction in the amount of child sexual abuse material available online.
Procedure: Non-legislative resolution
EU member states were required to transpose a 2011 directive on combating the sexual abuse and sexual exploitation of children and child pornography into their national laws by 18 December 2013.
While 19 out of 27 member states have notified complete transposition (Denmark is not bound by the directive), fewer than half have fully implemented it so far.