The expansion of the internet has led to many positive developments. However, it is evident that criminals, individuals as well as organised groups, are also using this technology as a means of producing, collecting and distributing images of child sexual abuse.
Child sexual abuse images are not “just images” but evidence of actual criminal activity. The possession and distribution of these materials creates an international market that supports and encourages further abuse. The children who are victims of this activity suffer the psychological effect of their abuse for many years after the physical offending has ended; and their images distributed on the Internet never go away.
The filtering system complements the enforcement activity undertaken by the Censorship Compliance Unit of The Department of Internal Affairs.