We must never forget that children in sexual abuse material online are real

Mick Moran has a clear, strong message: “People need to realise, these are kids being abused to produce this material. These are children, real children in these images.”As assistant director of Interpol’s vulnerable communities unit, Moran is at the frontline of tackling child sexual abuse online. A member of An Garda Síochána, Ireland’s national police service, Moran is currently on secondment. Interpol officers do not carry out investigations themselves; the organisation’s role is in coordination, database-holding, training and support across international boundaries to identify criminals and crimes. “We are putting the child first,” he says. “This issue has been made demonstrably better by the role we play.”

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