Perverts can view depraved images of children as young as two while remaining undetected
Paedophiles are using internet giant Amazon to share sex abuse images of kids as young as two.
Shocking new figures from the Internet Watch Foundation reveal that in just two years the number of pages on Amazon’s web services hosting such images have increased TEN TIMES.
Perverts are able to view the depraved pictures while remaining undetected by taking advantage of software which provides storage online.
Amazon offers the service to store data, photographs and videos. But we can reveal that more and more paedophiles are taking advantage of the technology to trade vile images because it is difficult for them to be identified and prosecuted.
The total number of child sex abuse web pages hosted on Amazon has increased from 37 in 2011 to 372 in the first six months of this year.
Within any web page there can be thousands, or millions, of images. And yet more disturbing is that so far this year 90 per cent of the material on Amazon pages has involved victims aged between two and 10.
Of those, 32 per cent were recorded at the most serious levels of abuse – four and five.
Amazon, which was criticised for paying only £2.4million corporate tax on £4billion sales last year, yesterday came under pressure to provide more investment to combat online paedophiles.
Labour MP Fiona MacTaggart, who has sat on Parliament’s child protection committee, demanded the multinational takes action.
She said: “Amazon should use some of that tax they aren’t paying to make the internet a better, safer place for children.”
Online products by companies such as Amazon have revolutionised the storage of data. Families can now post pictures online so that relatives can access them wherever they are in the world. But paedophiles are seizing on the new technology for their own sick purposes.
The IWF, which helps its members to increase detection of such material, generally removes images within just 60 minutes. Online expert John Carr, of the Children’s Charities’ Coalition, urged Amazon to sign up to the IWF, saying: “There could be five million images on a web page. The benefit for the paedophiles is anonymity and it is free.”
Susie Hargreaves, IWF CEO, said: “The IWF is at the forefront of tackling child sexual abuse images on the internet.”
A spokesperson for Amazon Web Services said: “Our acceptable use policy clearly prohibits illegal content, and it is not tolerated. When we are notified of illegal content on our platform, we take action to remove it.”
You can report online child abuse images at www.iwf.org.uk