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    Law enforcement and intelligence agencies are still unable to wrest down online sexual abuse against children. Sometimes such crimes are committed by celebrities who use their status to dodge investigation.

    MOSCOW, December 10 (Sputnik) — UK law enforcement and intelligence agencies do not have the full capability to tackle online sexual abuse against children, Home Secretary Theresa May said Wednesday.

    “There are still gaps in our law enforcement and intelligence agencies’ capabilities. This means that those agencies may, for example, still struggle to identify those who have been accessing servers hosting illegal images of child sexual abuse,” May was quoted as saying in a statement published on the UK government website.

    May added that sexual abuse against children stands at high levels both online and offline. She also said that the United Kingdom has witnessed “appalling revelations” in recent years.

    “There have been cases of organised and persistent child sexual abuse by people who have used positions of trust or their status to carry out abuse, including abuse by celebrities,” the Home Secretary said.

    According to May, some 29 members of an organized crime group engaged in child sexual abuse were arrested as a result of an inter-state criminal investigation involving UK, Australian, US and Philippines agencies.

    The UK home secretary stated that since 2013, the National Crime Agency has protected over 1,300 children, with 1,300 people across the United Kingdom sentenced for crimes linked to "indecent pictures of children" posted online.

    May made the comments while addressing the two-day “We Protect Children Online” summit which brought together representatives from over 50 nations and many non-governmental organizations. The summit is expected to unveil new technical innovations that would potentially hinder perpetrators exploiting children in online environments.

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