International Centre for Missing and Exploited Children Australia Ltd

Making the World a Safer Place for Children.

About Us

ICMEC Australia supports collaboration over data and technology, especially in the financial services industry, to reduce and prevent sexual exploitation of children.

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THE ISSUE

It is estimated that as many as 1.2 million children are being trafficked every year. Many of these children are at risk of sexual exploitation or abuse, including through online mechanisms.

The use of online technology is significantly increasing the risk and severity of child sexual exploitation across the globe. This exponential growth has been further fuelled by the COVID-19 pandemic. The Internet Watch Foundation (IWF) saw a 374% increase in the level of self-generated online child sexual assault material during the pandemic.

In 2021, reports of online Child Sexual Exploitation material have increased by 50% with a record 14,491 investigations by eSafety into online CSE material.

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OUR PROGRAMS

Data Collaboration
By combining data from more then one institution and using advanced analytic techniques we can build a more comprehensive and accurate picture of criminals’ activities to eradicate CSE.

Data Insights
By harnessing the power of external data sets and using modern data analytics techniques ICMEC plans to bring innovative technology solutions to those working against OSEC crime in Australia.

Child Protection Fund
We recognise that we don’t have all the answers or technical skills. The CPF supports technology and data-driven approaches seeking to reduce and prevent sexual exploitation of children.

Thought Leadership

September 13, 2022

4 Ways Taxonomy Helps us to Work Against Child Sexual Exploitation

  Organisations across various industries and jurisdictions are working to put an end to child sexual exploitation (CSE). At the International Centre for Missing & Exploited Children (ICMEC), we bring […]

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September 8, 2022

ICMEC Australia Announces the Upcoming Launch of its Member Portal 

Collaboration is key to fighting CSE crime in Australia. We know that the criminals collaborate – through chat groups, through the dark web, through whatever means they can. They are […]

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Photo of child with flowers August 18, 2022

The 5 big challenges financial institutions face in reporting child sexual exploitation

  A complex international industry and a lack of access to easy to apply, external information can make it hard for financial institutions to help combat child sexual exploitation (CSE). […]

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