The next challenge will be to help police better handle reports of online sexual abuse.
The National Crime Agency says that it’s already overstretched and cannot prosecute all 50,000 child sex offenders regularly viewing indecent images of youngsters.
"The rise of online communication means that children are increasingly being exposed to sexual messages from adults, but in many cases the police have been powerless to act,” said NSPCC chief executive Peter Wanless.
“The full force of the law can now be immediately brought to bear on anyone who grooms children for abuse online.” Under the Serious Crime Bill, it will also be illegal to possess any item that gives advice or guidance about abusing children sexually and revenge porn will also become a specific offence.
The offence will be punishable by up to two years in jail.
A new unit within the NCA will launch with the specific objective to tackle serial offenders who use encrypted networks to communicate - making it hard for them to be tracked.I’ve been with my fiancé for a little over 2.5 years now. We’ve lived an hour apart for our entire relationship except for the past month or so, I’m in the middle of moving in.This new law - which will come under the Serious Crime Bill - will close a loophole so that police can target those who send sexual text messages or try to invite victims to communicate sexually - regardless of whether or not the recipient of those messages replies or responds in any sexual way.The law applies to anyone over the age of 18 trying to send a sexual message to anyone under the age of 16 - whether that's on Facebook, SMS, Whats App, email or any other communications channel.We’d still see each other every weekend, sometimes more.
Initially we had web cams, I got rid of mine, he still had his and just put it away a couple months ago (5).