Published on: 06.05.08
Source: Press release of the European Commission
Vice-President Barrot, commissioner responsible for Justice, Freedom and Security has expressed his support for the advanced plans to set up an EU Coalition of Stakeholders against commercial sexual exploitation of children on the Internet.
In 2007, there was a 16.4% increase in child abuse images reports processed by the Internet Watch Foundation hotline compared to the same period in 2006. The Coalition shall facilitate co-ordinated law enforcement operations against those profiting from this crime. It shall contribute considerably to the protection of children and to the prosecution of offenders and the confiscation of criminal proceeds, according to Vice-President Barrot.
The coalition shall bring together all stakeholder groups engaged in the fight against the commercial distribution of images of child sexual abuse on the Internet, in particular law enforcement authorities, non-governmental organisations, banks, credit card and on-line payment companies, Internet service providers and other Internet based private operators.
In this area, the Commission is contributing to setting up a mechanism to track payments made with a credit card or an electronic payment when purchasing images of sexual abuses of children on the Internet, in view of terminating contracts and freezing assets, as well as tracking and prosecuting criminals.
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