Nearly half of the kid sexual abuse pictures reported to the Web Watch Basis final 12 months have been hosted within the Netherlands, the organisation says.
It confirmed greater than 105,000 net addresses have been related to unlawful pictures in 2018, with 47% of the content material hosted within the Netherlands.
It warned that the nation was changing into a “secure haven for youngster sexual abuse”.
The Dutch authorities has acknowledged a rise in experiences of kid abuse pictures and has pledged to deal with it.
Such materials ought to be “expunged from the web,” it mentioned in a report early in 2018.
What was within the report?
The IWF is an unbiased organisation that lets individuals report unlawful youngster intercourse abuse pictures that they spot on-line.
The organisation works with web sites, social networks and regulation enforcement to have the pictures taken down and investigated. Since 1996, it has assessed greater than one million experiences.
In its annual report, the IWF mentioned 105,047 net addresses have been internet hosting youngster sexual abuse pictures in 2018.
That could be a massive improve in contrast with 2017. The IWF mentioned that enhancements in its know-how had helped it detect extra unlawful pictures.
Susan Hargreaves, chief government of the IWF, mentioned the UK had created a “hostile setting” for individuals eager to share unlawful pictures.
Simply 0.04% of the pictures reported in 2018 have been hosted within the UK, the report mentioned.
However Ms Hargreaves mentioned the Netherlands wanted to “get up and do what’s proper”.
A majority of the reported pictures – 82% – have been discovered on image-hosting providers, relatively than on social networks or personal web sites.
A few of these providers are primarily based within the Netherlands as a result of low value of web-hosting there.
The IWF declined to call any of the image-sharing websites that had been discovered internet hosting youngster abuse pictures. It instructed the BBC it really works with corporations to be sure that content material is eliminated.
It mentioned it had additionally supplied its assist to the Dutch organisation chargeable for coping with unlawful pictures within the nation.
One of many causes the variety of pictures hosted in the USA was decrease is as a result of US tech giants resembling Fb are fast to take away them earlier than experiences attain the IWF.
Residence Secretary Sajid Javid welcomed the IWF’s report. He mentioned tackling youngster sexual abuse imagery was one in every of his “private missions”.