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48 nations join forces to fight online child abuse

BRUSSELS — Forty-eight countries united Wednesday in a global alliance to fight child sexual abuse online, a cross-border crime that experts say is increasing at alarming rates.

By conservative estimates, 1 million photographs of child pornography are on the Internet, with an additional 50,000 being posted every year, said Cecilia Malmstrom, the European Union’s commissioner for home affairs who was one of sponsors of the conference in Brussels.

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