Businesses Join To Fight “Mind-Boggling” Child Porn Plague

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Leading banks and credit card companies will team with law enforcement in a coalition to catch people who sell child pornography online, reports USA Today. The financial institutions will report child porn sites they discover on the Web to a central tip line. The companies will block transactions for online child porn or, if law enforcement opens an investigation, help track sellers and buyers. The Financial Coalition Against Child Pornography will be a new phase in the war against what has become a multibillion-dollar, international business. Internet service providers already report child porn sites they find.

“The scope of the problem is much greater than we ever thought. It’s mind-boggling,” says Ernie Allen of the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children, which runs the tip line. Allen says one Web site can attract tens of thousands of customers who use credit cards to buy $29 monthly subscriptions. “People are getting into this because they see children as a commodity. There’s no question organized crime is involved.” Allen and Sen. Richard Shelby (R-Al.) brought together the companies.

Link: http://www.usatoday.com/tech/news/2006-05-25-firms-fight-online_x.htm

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