AMMAN, JORDAN – As the World Wide Web drapes itself across the globe, sexual predators are finding new ways to weave themselves into our homes and our children’s lives. The growing problem of online child sexual exploitation, and the demand for a law-enforcement response, has led the International Centre for Missing & Exploited Children (International Centre), in partnership with Microsoft and Interpol, to host a series of international training programs for law-enforcement personnel who investigate these crimes. The series continues this month in Amman, Jordan. There are 98 participating law-enforcement officers from six different countries, including Jordan, China, Italy, Denmark, Saudi Arabia, and Tunisia.
The Conference on Computer Facilitated Crimes Against Children, the ninth program in this series, runs from June 5 to June 8. Current and former law-enforcement officers and representatives will discuss topics ranging from investigating online child predators, collecting evidence and computer forensic information, to seeking private industry assistance in child-exploitation investigations.
These crimes transcend national boundaries and law-enforcement jurisdiction when a perpetrator targets a child in another country; therefore, as with all of the other trainings, representatives from a variety of countries will be brought together to discuss computer-facilitated crimes against children.
“Our mission is to help law enforcement investigate crimes committed against our world’s children,” Ruben Rodriguez, Director of Domestic and International Law Enforcement Affairs at the International Centre. “ The unique nature of this global problem requires government organizations, law-enforcement agencies, and private industries to form cooperative relationships in order to help protect children across borders.”
Since December 2003, the International Centre has organized events in eight other cities in every corner of the world, including Lyon, France; San Jose, Costa Rica; Brasilia, Brazil; Paarl, South Africa; Zagreb, Croatia; Hong Kong, China; Bucharest, Romania; and Madrid, Spain. The training has allowed more than 749 officers from 67 countries to interact with one another and learn more effective methods for keeping children safer.