International Experts on Child Protection Online

On the basis of the Academy of the Ministry of Internal Affairs, an advanced training course was opened in the field of combating the sexual exploitation of minors on the Internet.

The refresher course "Countering the sexual exploitation of minors on the Internet" takes place October 15-19 within the walls of the International Training Center for training, advanced training and retraining of personnel in the field of migration and combating human trafficking. The event is attended by employees of drug control and anti-trafficking units of the criminal police of the Ministry of Internal Affairs and the Investigative Committee of Belarus, as well as representatives of law enforcement agencies of Georgia, Moldova and Ukraine.

As the head of the GDDCATP of the CM of the Ministry of Internal Affairs, police colonel Gennady Kazakevich, noted, the problem in our country has become particularly relevant in the past few years. The statistics is disappointing, so Belarusian law enforcement agencies are interested in strengthening international cooperation in the field of countering such crimes on the Internet. It is no coincidence that the current course is devoted to the peculiarities of using a special computer program, which work with experts in the field of child protection Richard Matthews and Paul Bayer from the UK will teach.

Opening the event, the deputy head of the university for international cooperation, the head of the International Training Center, police colonel Alexander Kravchenko, expressed confidence that the acquired knowledge would be useful in law enforcement. At the same time, the topics studied will be reflected in the educational process of the Academy of the Ministry of Internal Affairs. To this end, the training is attended by the head of the department of operational and investigative activities, police colonel Alexei Tukalo.

The training course is conducted within the framework of the international technical assistance project “Strengthening the national mechanism for referring victims of human trafficking in the Republic of Belarus”, which is implemented by the Ministry of Internal Affairs of the Republic of Belarus and the Office of the International Organization for Migration in our country.

According to the head of the MPS Representative Office, Zeynal Hajiyev, Belarus is taking timely measures to counter crimes in this area. However, despite the active work of law enforcement officers, the attackers continue to effectively use all modern technologies, finding more and more new forms and methods of conducting criminal business via the Internet. This problem remains relevant in different countries, therefore, in order to protect children, an integrated approach and continuous improvement of the work of the competent authorities is necessary.

- International Training Center for many years is a platform for training activities. Traditionally, experts from the UK take part in such courses. I hope that trainings in this area will be held in the future, - said the representative of the international organization.

- Our common goal is to protect children from violence. - The current course is designed to teach effective work on the identification of pedophiles on the Internet, - said the international expert Richard Matthews.

During the training course, the peculiarities of criminal activity against children on the Internet and the issues of initiating criminal cases on the circulation of pornography will be considered. The course participants will discuss the operation of file-sharing systems and the problems of identifying IP-addresses, focusing on how to track the activity of persons distributing child pornography on the Internet, including through online messaging. A separate lesson will be devoted to the practice of using the capabilities of the presented software in the operational-search activity.


Anastasia Voinova, GIOS Academy of the Ministry of Internal Affairs.
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