Online sexual exploitation of children often involves multiple parties including offenders who are consuming material, facilitators who connect offenders with vulnerable children, and the victims themselves. In addition, with innovation in the payments industry, financial trails are often becoming more complex, being layered amongst numerous financial institutions, entities, and jurisdictions.
Australia’s banks, other financial institutions, technology companies, government agencies, police and NGOs are all working hard to prevent child sexual exploitation. There is a lot they can do individually, but they can achieve far more by working together.
Too many criminals and too many victims are slipping through the cracks. By working together, combining data from more than one institution, and using advanced analytic techniques, we can build a more comprehensive and accurate picture of criminals’ activities and eliminate their advantage of time.
ICMEC Australia is facilitating this collaboration – from something as simple as encouraging more conversations between practitioners, right through to developing data sharing technologies.
Through a collaborative effort of valuable stakeholders across key sectors, we develop a streamlined operation that will ultimately help reduce the ability of Australian criminals to participate in the online sexual exploitation of children.