More than 520 children ‘targets of online sexual abuse’ in Scotland
Seventy-seven people arrested and charged as part of ongoing investigation
More than 520 children have been identified as likely or potential victims of sexual abuse online and 77 people arrested in a major anti-paedophile operation by police in Scotland.
Detectives said they had uncovered more than 30m indecent images on mobile telephones and computers seized during Operation Lattise, a six-week inquiry launched by Police Scotland in June.
The force has referred 122 children to child protection services and charged the 77 alleged perpetrators with 390 offences ranging from rape to sexual extortion, sharing indecent images, online grooming, indecent communications and bestiality.
Call to prioritise tackling online child abuse
Tackling online child abuse must be a top priority, a leading charity has said, after an investigation identified more than 500 potential victims.
Police Scotland seized 30 million indecent images and charged 77 people as part of Operation Lattise.
Children’s charity NSPCC Scotland said the probe “underlined in really stark terms” the scale of the issue.
They said parents and teachers also had a key role in keeping children as safe online as they are offline.