3000 people accused of child pornography over a 3 year period in the UK
Between 1988 and the end of 2001, a total of 3022 people were either cautioned or charged with child pornography offences in England and Wales. The number of these offences has risen by well over 33% per year, with the total increase over the 13-year period more than 1500%. Then in 2002, the FBI handed the UK police the names of 7,200 British people who had used credit cards to buy child abuse images from a Texas-based child pornography website. Under Operation Ore, 2,300 of these people have already been arrested in England and Wales, 761 have been charged or cautioned, while 2,400 people have yet to be visited.