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Europol today announced that the Dutch National Police, the Indonesian National Police and the Korean National Police have joined the Virtual Global Taskforce (VGT), an international alliance focused on combating online child sexual abuse.
"I am proud to welcome these three law enforcement agencies to the VGT and I look forward to working together as we expand the global reach of the VGT to combat the online sexual exploitation of children everywhere," VGT Chair Ian Quinn, head of the Cyber Crimes Center for U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI), said in a statement.
With the addition of these three new members, the VGT now consists of 12 law enforcement agencies and 11 private sector partners -- the Kids Internet Safety Alliance (KINSA) and NetClean joined the VGT earlier this year as private sector partners.
"The Korean National Police Agency (KNPA) is honored to join the renowned VGT as a new member," Kim Jae-kyu, director of the Cyber Terror Response Center for the KNPA, said in a statement. "With Korea’s new government placing an extra emphasis on the safety of children, the KNPA will actively engage in VGT projects and cooperate with members to save vulnerable children and to bring perpetrators to justice. The KNPA hopes our joint effort will lay the foundation for a safer world which children deserve to live in."