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How to report images of child sex abuse

40% more images of child abuse were reported this year, compared to last year. Photo: ITV News

Images of the sexual abuse of children are being distributed and shared online at unprecedented levels, according to the Internet Watch Foundation (IWF).

ITV News can exclusively reveal that 40% more images of child abuse were reported this year compared to last year.

Officers from the Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre (CEOP) estimate between 50,000 and 60,000 people regularly access illegal images, and they have admitted the numbers are continuing to grow.

Susie Hargreaves, Chief Executive of IWF, says the increase is partly due to an increase in cases, but also shows the public are getting better at reporting. IWF run a hotline for anyone to report their inadvertent exposure to online sexual abuse content.

To report a website, visit www.iwf.org.uk and follow the links:

Internet Watch Foundation works to eliminate child sexual abuse images online Credit: Internet Watch Foundation

CEOP has a number of digital tools that can be downloaded to make your browser safer:

For more information go to CEOP and follow the links to 'Initiatives and features.'

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