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‘These images are a crime scene … it’s massive for us to find the child’

The Internet Watch Foundation is seeing a growing number of tipoffs about child abuse. We talk to one analyst about her work

  • ‘Deeply dark criminal activity’ drives rise in child abuse images online

Isobel* has been working throughout lockdown. With her colleagues in the Internet Watch Foundation (IWF) analyst room in Cambridge she has been responding to a rising number of tipoffs from the public that child abuse images are circulating online. The work is gruelling.

“Today I started at 8.30 and I’ll be looking at content all day long: thousands and thousands of images in a day. We analysts come from all sorts of backgrounds. The main thing is your emotional resilience – it’s incredibly important that you can look at this content and then go home and not think about it.”

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