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National Child Exploitation Coordinaton Centre (NCECC)

Virtual Global TaskforceVirtual Global Taskforce
International Law Enforcement working together to protect children.

Background
The Virtual Global Taskforce (VGT) was formally launched in December 2003. It is a multi-national law enforcement body that focuses on identifying, locating and rescuing victims. The VGT also aims at targeting and diverting those who attempt to use the Internet to abuse and exploit children.

Although an engaging and valuable resource for most of us, the Internet has become a tool that some use to exploit and abuse children. The Internet is a public place and the VGT’s goal is to have it policed as such; not to allow it to be an anonymous refuge for offenders to continue harming children.

Caught-ya! Operation PIN
The first phase of the VGT’s crime reduction strategy was the development of a website launched under the name Operation PIN. The site purports to contain sexual images of children to draw in potential predators. After going through several levels, the users will eventually find themselves linked to a law enforcement site that would inform them that their coordinates have been noted and that they may have committed an offence. Users will also learn that their coordinates may be provided to the relevant law enforcement agency for possible action. The site also provides information on where they can get help if they feel they are in need of assistance.

Nearly half of 9-19 year olds who use the internet have given out personal information to strangers they've met online.Social Marketing
The National Crime Squad of England and Wales launched an advertising campaign with Easy-Jet’s in-flight magazine in September 2004. The advertisement features the VGT logo and a disturbing statistic that “nearly half of 9-19 year olds who use the Internet have given out personal information to strangers they’ve met online.”

Other partners are also exploring launching similar campaigns in their respective markets.

VGT Website
Please visit www.virtualglobaltaskforce.com for more information on the VGT.

VGT partners: