The Virtual Global Taskforce (VGT) is an alliance of international law enforcement agencies and private sector partners working together to combat online child sexual abuse.
Specifically, the VGT comprises the Australian Federal Police as Chair, the Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre in the UK, the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, the US Department of Homeland Security, INTERPOL, the Italian Postal and Communication Police Service, the Ministry of Interior for the United Arab Emirates, the New Zealand Police and Europol.
The VGT website is a gateway to a wide range of information on how to use the internet safely and links to a range of agencies that can provide additional advice and support. The VGT website also includes an online reporting facility for suspicious online behaviour.
The aims of the VGT are:
- to make the internet a safer place
- to identify, locate and help children at risk
- to hold perpetrators appropriately to account.
To achieve these aims, the VGT delivers low-cost, high impact initiatives to prevent and deter paedophiles from exploiting children online.
The synergy of law enforcement, government, industry and the community is vital in keeping children safe online.
Virtual Global Taskforce Conference 2012
In December 2012, the Virtual Global Taskforce held its fifth biennial international conference in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates.