Combatting commercial sexual exploitation of children online

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27 March 2014

‘Combatting Commercial Sexual Exploitation of Children Online’ was the subject of a residential course held in Paris, France from 24 to 26 March 2014. The course was organised within the framework of the European Financial Coalition against Commercial Sexual Exploitation of Children and hosted at the premises of Microsoft in Issy-le-Moulineaux. The aim of the course was to improve strategic, technical, operational and procedural competences in the fight against the production and dissemination of child abusive material over the internet for financial gain.

The interactive course was attended by practitioners in Investigations and Criminal Compliance processes belonging to Law Enforcement representatives from Austria, Croatia, Estonia, Finland, France, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Luxembourg, Malta, Portugal, Slovenia and Spain, as well Payment System Providers and Non-Governmental Organisations. Experts from the Belgian and French Ministry of Justice, CEPOL, the Dutch Child Exploitation Unit, Europol-EC3, the International Centre for Missing and Exploited Children, MasterCard, WebShield and Western Union provided the participants with guidance and knowledge to improve their operational skills.

This two-track approach led to a very interactive exchange between students and trainers. Workshops and debates were also organised to provide a complete overview from investigation to prosecution. Participants agreed that the provision of an operational perspective on new forms of cyber-investigations and a more effective protection of children on the internet was particularly valuable. “The impact of the training illustrates the need for continued public-private partnerships in the fight against cybercrime” said Troels Oerting, Assistant Director of Europol, Head of European Cybercrime Centre (EC3) and Chair of the European Financial Coalition (EFC). “As a key provider of training to law enforcement officials, CEPOL has welcomed the opportunity to cooperate with industry experts to create practical and informative training in this important area” added Ferenc Bánfi, Director of CEPOL – the European Police College.

The European Financial Coalition against Commercial Sexual Exploitation of Children Online (EFC) brings together key actors from law enforcement, the private sector and civil society in Europe with the common goal of fighting the commercial sexual exploitation of children online. Members of the EFC join forces to take action on the payment and ICT systems that are used to run these illegal operations. Steering group members of the EFC include Europol-EC3, Eurojust, CEPOL, Google, INHOPE, International Centre for Missing and Exploited Children (ICMEC), Visa Europe, Missing Children Europe, Microsoft, Paypal. The EFC is chaired by Europol-EC3 and its secretariat is hosted at Missing Children Europe.

For more information on the activities of the EFC, visit the European Financial Coalition website or contact the EFC Secretariat at

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