Virtual Global Taskforce
International Law Enforcement working together to protect children.
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
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.
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
Other partners are also exploring launching similar campaigns in their
Please visit www.virtualglobaltaskforce.com for
more information on the VGT.