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More web users reporting child pornography

Reports of potentially illegal images hit 27,000

More web users than ever are reporting child pornography images on the web, says the Internet Watch Foundation (IWF).

The web charity revealed that reports of potentially illegal images had risen by five percent to 27,000 compared to this time last year. However, only one in five or those images was confirmed by the IWF as child sexual abuse.

The IWF released the data to mark its third Awareness Day, which aims to encourage web users to report sexual abuse images found on the web.

The charity also said that 99 percent of all child pornography was traced to servers outside the UK and of those found in the UK, all were removed on the same day they were reported.

Eve Salomon, IWF Chair, said: "With the help of our Hotline, the UK has an excellent record in eradicating child sexual abuse images on the internet in partnership with 35 other Hotlines around the world and with the support of our 100 industry members. These websites are reducing in number globally and where they are sited in the UK, they are removed extremely quickly".

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