CBI joins Interpol's ICSE initiative on child sexual abuse

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Central Bureau of Investigation, an investigating agency of India has joined the Interpol’s International Child Sexual Exploitation (ICSE) initiative. 

Important facts

  • Now the CBI is allowed to work with investigators in other countries to trace child sexual abuse online and trace abusers from audio-visual clips using specialized software, identify victims and crime scenes.

  • India has become the 68th country to have access to this database and software.

What is the ICSE database?

  • The ICSE database uses image and video image comparison to analyse Child Sex Exploitation Material (CSEM). 

  • It makes interconnections between victims, abusers and places.

  • As of July 2022, more than 30,000 victims of child abuse and over 13,000 perpetrators have been identified by Interpol using this database and software.

What is Interpol?

  • The International Criminal Police Organization, or Interpol, is an intergovernmental organization with 194 members.

  • It was formed in 1923 as the International Criminal Police Commission, and it was named Interpol in 1956.

  • India joined Interpol in 1949, and is one of its oldest members.

  • It is the world’s largest international police organization.

  • Its work focuses on public safety and combating terrorism, crimes against humanity, genocide, war crimes, environmental crimes, etc.

  • Headquartered - Lyon, France

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