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Post  Annabel on Mon 10 Jan - 8:58



Database to identify child abuse threat Sunday Post (paper edition)

Sunday Post, 09 January 2011
Images of runaway kids will be cross-checked

EXCLUSIVE by John Paul Breslin
09 January 2011

FACES of runaways and missing children could be cross-referenced against a national database of child abuse images to find out if they are being harmed.

The Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre (CEOP) has used facial recognition software to scan for some missing children in its database of videos and pictures of abuse.

However, it is now considering expanding this to look for all runaways and missing kids in the UK.

It could even search material after children have been reunited with their families to ensure they didn't run away to escape abuse.

Martin Houghton-Brown, Chief Executive of charity Missing People, said CEOP is already searching for "a significant number of children who have been missing for over a year".

However, he wants the organisation to go further and check for all runaways.

"It's clear that some young people are targeted for sexual exploitation, and the first indication of that can be that they're running away from home," he said.

"One of the mediums that potential exploiters and abusers will use is the Internet.

"There should be a national resource where pictures of missing children can be cross-checked against online child abuse images.

"We need to be robust in the way that we prevent these incidents from happening and investigate them, and CEOP's expertise would be valuable in doing that."

Every year, 9000 children go missing in Scotland. The figure is closer to 77,000 in the UK as a whole.

CEOP's database contains hundreds of thousands of photos and videos of abuse that have been seized in child sex offender investigations.

Using facial recognition software to search the database for all runaways and missing children could help save more youngsters and bring their abusers to justice.

CEOP asked members of the public who were in Praia da Luz around the time of Madeleine McCann's disappearance to send them images of their holiday.

The organisation said it wanted the images to "build a larger intelligence picture".

However, a spokesman for Kate and Gerry McCann said he would not discuss whether or not CEOP has searched its database for the little girl.

"CEOP has worked closely with the McCann's to assist the search for Madeleine," he said.

"Kate and Gerry have been pleased with the work that CEOP has done on their behalf over the last three and a half years.

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"But they will not discuss, for operational reasons, any detail of the technical work that has been carried out.

"Of course, Kate and Gerry would welcome anything and any development in technology that would allow child sex offenders to be brought to justice."

Charities are worried that Government proposals to merge CEOP within a new National Crime Agency would scupper the organisation's facial recognition plans.

Former chief executive Jim Gamble, two senior managers and a group of specialist Internet investigators have already quit CEOP over the proposed merger.

The Association of Chief Police Officers and Shadow Home Secretary Alan Johnson have also said they want CEOP to remain a standalone body.

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Re: Database to identify child abuse threat Sunday Post (paper edition)

Post  Chris on Mon 10 Jan - 10:20

I see "operational reasons" rears its head again to avoid answering a straightforward question. Suffice to say if any images had been found it would have been headlines proving an abduction so it is probably safe to assume there aren't any.

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Re: Database to identify child abuse threat Sunday Post (paper edition)

Post  kitti on Mon 10 Jan - 10:35

Notice their is a pic off madeleine next to the headlines.



also, gamble on sky blaming the home secretary for not doing anything about the merger, the same home secretary who told the mccanns to sling their hook.

also blaming the merger for him resigning but I'm sure I read somewhere that he had been looking for a job elsewhere way before he resigned from ceop.



What a creep.

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Re: Database to identify child abuse threat Sunday Post (paper edition)

Post  pennylane on Mon 10 Jan - 10:42

kitti wrote:Notice their is a pic off madeleine next to the headlines.



also, gamble on sky blaming the home secretary for not doing anything about the merger, the same home secretary who told the mccanns to sling their hook.

also blaming the merger for him resigning but I'm sure I read somewhere that he had been looking for a job elsewhere way before he resigned from ceop.



What a creep.

Gamble unsuccessfully applied for the role of chief constable of the Police Service of Northern Ireland last year. So he obviously wasn't interested in a career in child protection!

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Re: Database to identify child abuse threat Sunday Post (paper edition)

Post  AnnaEsse on Mon 10 Jan - 10:50

If anyone wants to get attention for their cause, throwing in Madeleine McCann's name almost guarantees tabloid prominence. That article doesn't actually mention the fact that the photos people sent to CEOP never reached the PJ or gives a reason why the database and face recognition plan should be scuppered by the merger, but if a reason related to Madeleine McCann can be given, that's all that's needed.

I think I'll contact my local council and tell them that Madeleine McCann and other children could easily trip and injure themselves in the potholes in my road. (Well, there might be some 'hellish lairs,' in my town!)

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Re: Database to identify child abuse threat Sunday Post (paper edition)

Post  malena stool on Mon 10 Jan - 11:20

Putting Madeleine's photo next to a headline saying: CHILD ABUSE?..... What on earth are they thinking of?

Madeleine was abducted not abused, she was worshipped by her loving parents who were a mere bus ride away when she was taken.

Everyone knows that....

Sue that paper.


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Re: Database to identify child abuse threat Sunday Post (paper edition)

Post  tanszi on Mon 10 Jan - 13:12

My post got lost.

Why arent the faces of all missing children automatically run through the CEOP facial recognition software, I thought they would do this automatically, if not why not. Is it only Madeleine's face thats been run through it. Every missing child is as important as the next and should receive equal attention and coverage.

So what precisely has CEOP worked closely with the McCs over the last 3 years and is that same level of working closley applied to any other missing child. You can bet if anything turned up about Madeleine in those files, it would be on the front page of every newspaper.

I think that a thought of thought went into the positioning of that photograph of Madeleine.jimo

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Re: Database to identify child abuse threat Sunday Post (paper edition)

Post  maebee on Mon 10 Jan - 14:59

I used to find it almost impossible to believe that women could be paedophiles. Sadly, not any more I don't:

http://news.sky.com/skynews/Home/UK-News/Live-Blog-Sentencing-Of-Paeodophile-Ring-That-Included-Colin-Blanchard/Article/201101215890171?lpos=UK_News_Top_Stories_Header_2&lid=ARTICLE_15890171_Live_Blog%3A_Sentencing_Of_Paeodophile_Ring_That_Included_Colin_Blanchard

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