Child sexual abuse is a global problem that knows no border, and reporting images and videos showing the sexual abuse of children is still not done enough.
From 2019 to 2020, the number of reports received by the National Centre for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC) of child sexual abuse images and videos uploaded from the African continent grew from 1,299,344 to 2,354,296. This represents a rise of 81% in only a year, showing a sharp increase in Child Sexual Abuse and Exploitation in Africa.
MTN has joined forces with the Internet Watch Foundation (IWF), Meta, ICMEC (the International Centre for Missing and Exploited Children) and Child Helpline International to increase public awareness of the impact of child sexual abuse material (CSAM) and help prevent its spread. We have launched the Help Children Be Children campaign, and the Child Safety Online Africa Portal, a reporting mechanism for child sexual abuse imagery online.
Together, lets actively stop the spread of CSAM to ensure that the internet is a safe environment for all to use, including our children.