On 22 December, ACAMS published an article about a public-private partnership designed to combat online child sexual exploitation in all its forms by enhancing methods to detect, report and disrupt associated financial transactions suspected of being connected to money laundering in any and all of its stages (placement, layering and integration). It is co-led by Scotiabank and the Canadian Centre for Child Protection and is supported by FINTRAC with participation from major financial institutions and law enforcement agencies in Canada. The goal of Project Shadow is to detect, report and disrupt the finances of online child sexual exploitation in all its forms. It is said that, in Canada, the problem of online child exploitation mirrors the international issue in terms of scale. Statistics released from the RCMP National Child Exploitation Crime Centre (NCECC) highlight significant growth in reported incidents of child exploitation from 2011 to 2019. Since Project Shadow’s unofficial launch in January 2020, the project has generated over 100 STR that have spurred more than 30 disclosures by FINTRAC to law enforcement agencies. The article lists –
· money laundering indicators related to possible perpetrators who are consumers and/or facilitators of online child sexual exploitation;
· money laundering indicators related to possible perpetrators who are producers of online child sexual exploitation material; and
· financial indicators possibly related to online child sexual exploitation in the form of luring.
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