03 March 2009

EU - Child abuse image trade targeted

Profits made by peddlers of child sex abuse images are being targeted by a pan-European alliance. The European Financial Coalition brings together payment firms, law enforcement agencies and child protection groups to disrupt commerce in the images. By tracking cash made by sites selling abuse images, investigators hope to stop the trade and find abusers. Backers include Mastercard, Visa, Paypal and UK's Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre (CEOP). Funded by the European Commission, the coalition is intended to serve as a "stark warning" to those involved in the sale and distribution of child sex images. See also Commission Press Release and Keynote speech by Mr Jacques Barrot, Vice-President of the European Commission "An indecent profit, a horrific crime", Preparing a European response to combat the commercial distribution of child abuse images. 3 March 2009, London.