Participation at the EFC Second Awareness Raising Conference on Preventing the Commercial Sexual Exploitation of Children Online

UINFC2 project participated  at the EFC Second Awareness Raising Conference on Preventing the Commercial Sexual Exploitation of Children Online. The European Financial Coalition against commercial sexual exploitation of children online (EFC) conference held at the European Parliament in Brussels on June 24th, highlighted the persistence of commercial sexual exploitation of children online and emergence of new threats. The event was co-hosted  by MEP Gérard Deprez, MEP Vicky Ford and MEP Emma McClarkin who earlier this year supported the adoption of the European Parliament’s Joint Motion for Resolution on Child Sexual Abuse Online. The event brought together 70 delegates from law enforcement agencies, the private sector, NGOs, traditional and alternative online payment providers and policy makers who discussed the possible new challenges ahead and highlighted the need for innovative comprehensive strategies to fight this criminal issue.

The aim of the conference was to pave the way in creating a stronger public-private partnership involving new relevant stakeholders to effectively address the evolving criminal trends and the unprecedented opportunities for criminals in the fight against commercial sexual exploitation of children online.

The conference was also the occasion to present the key findings of the EFC strategic assessment published earlier this year. Speakers included the European Cybercrime Center-Europol, that chairs the EFC Steering Group, the International Centre for Missing and Exploited Children (ICMEC), that leads the US and the Asia Pacific Financial Coalition against Child Pornography, EUROJUST and Missing Children Europe, who in charge of managing the EFC secretariat and coordinating the activities of the EFC.

Bearing in mind the new threats offered by the misuse of new technology, one of the sessions covered the need for an enhanced public private partnership. The European Commission, EC3-Europol, Google, MasterCard and CGI, representing the Swedish Financial Coalition against child pornography presented their perspective and commitments in fighting the sexual exploitation of children. Conclusions included the necessity of continuous tracing of the further developments of this criminal phenomenon and pointed at involving new key actors whose support is indispensable in delivering adequate and effective responses to the issue, including awareness raising, comprehensive cross-sector training sessions and effective and up to date policy and legislation.

Olivier Burgersdijk EFC-Chairman and Head of Strategy of EC3 said: “This important partnership offers the unique opportunity to design and launch initiatives that hamper child sexual exploitation online and to improve the conditions for investigation and prosecution thereof. Continued efforts are required to adjust to these crimes and in particular to the way they are facilitated financially and technically.”

Co-funded by the Prevention of and Fight against Crime Programme of the European Union

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