Commercial child sexual abuse material
We define commercial child sexual abuse imagery as images or videos that were seemingly produced or being used for the purposes of financial gain by the distributor. Of the 252,194 webpages we confirmed as containing child sexual abuse imagery in 2021, 28,390 (11%) were commercial in nature. This is an increase on 2020, when we took action against 12,899 (8%) commercial webpages.
What can we do about it?
We monitor and research any new trends we have observed. Sharing this intelligence with our sister hotlines and law enforcement agencies means that websites
can be removed and distributors can be investigated.
Any payment information displayed on these commercial websites is captured and shared with our partners in the financial industry. This helps to prevent misuse of their services and disrupt further distribution of the criminal imagery.