The agency Europol via the European Financial Coalition against Commercial Sexual Exploitation of Children has released its latest report on the sexual exploitation of children for commercial purposes.
According to it, there has been great concern over the latest trends of commercial sexual exploitation of children online, including new means of distribution and transaction, most notably through the Deep Web and Darknet.
In addition, the vast expansion of the phenomenon of live streaming of abuse for payment has become a major concern for those involved in combating commercial sexual exploitation of children online. There is a clear shift from traditional credit card payments to the ones providing the most anonymity, namely alternative payment options, including virtual currency. The Internet Watch Foundation (IWF) analyses point to money transfers and Bitcoin as the most recommended payment methods offered by new brands identified within the Website Brand Project. This indicates that there is a need in this market for functioning and reliable payment systems.
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