India on Friday joined Interpol’s International Child Sexual Exploitation (ICSE) database, which will enable it to link victims, perpetrators and the crime scene using audiovisual data.
The CBI, which is India’s nodal agency for Interpol affairs, has joined the database, making India the 68th country to connect to it, according to an Interpol statement.
“The ICSE database uses video and image comparison to analyze child sexual abuse material and make connections between victims, abusers and places,” he said.
An intelligence and investigative tool, the database allows specialist investigators to share information on child sexual abuse cases.
Using image and video matching software, investigators can locate criminals by identifying victims and crime locations.
“The database avoids duplication of effort and saves valuable time by letting investigators know if a series of images has already been discovered or identified in another country, or if it has similar characteristics to other footage,” according to Interpol.
Detectives from 68 countries can exchange information and notes with their colleagues around the world.
“By analyzing the digital, visual and audio content of photographs and videos, victim identification experts can retrieve clues, identify any overlap in cases and combine their efforts to locate victims of child sexual abuse,” said the Interpol website.
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