The Child Pornography Criminal Enterprise: How the Financial Services Industry Can Help Disrupt

Crimes against children are heinous and known to be vilified even among the most notorious criminals, but these crimes are, unfortunately, also extremely profitable. The child pornography (CP) industry is a criminal business enterprise with far-reaching consequences for its victims. In a world of increasingly fast-paced, global, and anonymous transactional options, financial crimes professionals have a unique opportunity to see what others cannot, and a responsibility to aggressively research, report, and document child sexual exploitation. To this end, financial institutions (FIs) should develop targeted training programs, work collaboratively with other industries, align their reporting with law enforcement (LE) initiatives, and advocate for changes in Suspicious Activity Reporting (SAR) that will more effectively capture evolving trends pertaining to child pornography. In this article, we will explore how FIs can exceed regulatory standards, assist LE with money laundering prosecutions related to child pornography, cut the flow of funds to illicit criminal enterprises, and most importantly, help victims.

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AML RightSource is the leading provider of AML/BSA and Financial Crimes co-sourcing solutions. With nearly 600 AML/BSA professionals, AML RightSource provides highly-trained AML/BSA professionals and subject matter experts to assist clients in meeting their AML/BSA regulatory demands. The company’s current services include transaction monitoring, alert backlog management, enhanced due diligence reviews, and financial crimes advisory services. AML RightSource, a Clarion Capital Partners portfolio company, is headquartered in Cleveland, Ohio, and has additional facilities in Hudson, Ohio and Phoenix, Arizona.

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