Europe is becoming a global hub for the hosting of child sexual abuse images and videos, suggests a report.
An annual report by the UK-based Internet Watch Foundation (IWF) released on Sunday found that 60% of worldwide abuse material was now in Europe — an increase of 19%, the BBC reported.
The Netherlands topped the list of European nations hosting illegal content, said the IWF report.
Improved reporting and policing by internet service providers (ISPs) in North America are believed to have driven the shift.
“The situation is reversed from previous years,” said Susie Hargreaves, chief executive of the IWF.
“Europe is now the biggest host of child sexual abuse imagery, rather than North America.”
In 2015, about 57% of the web pages containing abuse content could be found in North America, according to the IWF figures.
In 2016, this had dropped to 37% with the majority now in Europe.
The IWF report said about 34,212 web pages were found to be displaying abuse content in Europe — which also includes Russia and Turkey.