Estimated 20,000 British men interested in sexually abusing children

The police chief in charge of child protection says tens of thousands of British men have shown an interest in sexually abusing children.

Simon Bailey said investigators monitoring a single online chatroom in 2017 identified 4,000 men using it from the UK alone.

Bailey, the National Police Chiefs’ Council lead on child protection, estimated the number of men interested in sexually abusing children at more than 20,000. He said the figure was comparable to the number of current and former terrorism suspects.

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