How Public and Private Partnerships are Protecting Our Most Vulnerable Populations from Exploitation

Since its inception, the Internet has provided a wide variety of benefits to consumers and businesses around the world. Unfortunately, for those who wish to exploit our most vulnerable populations, the Internet has also created a global marketplace for graphic images. Based on this threat, the Financial Coalition Against Child Pornography (FCACP), formed in 2006, created a groundbreaking alliance between private industry and the public sector to combat commercial child pornography.

Specifically, FCACP provides a forum for stakeholders to combine their resources, expertise, and brainpower in order to make serious strides in this fight.  The mission is to track the flow of funds and shut down the accounts used by these illicit enterprises. Managed by the International Centre for Missing & Exploited Children (ICMEC) and its sister organization, the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children (NCMEC), the FCACP consists of leading banks, credit card companies, electronic payment networks, third party payments companies, and major Internet services companies.

MasterCard is a founding member of the FCACP and has provided strong leadership from very beginning. Since then, the FCACP has virtually eliminated credit card and other payment options for the criminals who sell these images and videos. Today, the coalition has expanded its work worldwide and remains diligent in monitoring and anticipating new payment mechanisms that may be abused by the enterprises looking to sell images of child sexual abuse.

For more information on the FCACP and how your organization can help join the fight against child exploitation, visit http://www.icmec.org>.

Catherine Cummings is a guest blogger and the Executive Director of the Financial Coalition Against Child Pornography.