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Kerala cops, Interpol join hands to fight child abuse

June 12, 2019

The International Criminal Police Organisation, well known as Interpol will partner with a wing of the Kerala Police to fight global online child sex abuse. The Kerala police have set up India's first task force to fight the exploitation of children online. The team will be trained in capacity building by the Interpol.

Guillermo Galarza, an Interpol official, says nearly eight million reports of online child sex abuse have been passed on to India. In 2019, so far, two million reports have been sent to India.

The reports that we have sent to India earlier, never made it to Kerala or any other state. This April, we have entered into a Memorandum of Understanding with National Crime Records Bureau in Delhi and we will ensure that the information is dispersed to all concerned states, including Kerala. - Guillermo Galarza, International Centre for Missing and Exploited Children

A senior detective with Interpol, Jon Rouse said all support will be provided to Kerala in setting up this task force. "At the moment, millions, literally millions of pieces of information come to India from the National Centre of Missing children in the US. And at the moment, the leads that might lead to the rescue of a child, are not acted upon".

Last month, the Kerala police had busted a child pornography racket codenamed PHunt. Twenty eight people were also arrested. This was busted soon after the first task force was set up after a training session with Interpol officials.

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