With the growth of online access worldwide, child exploitation has become a multi-billion dollar industry and among the fastest growing businesses on the Internet. The ability to use a variety of payment methods to purchase child pornography has made it easier than ever to exploit children. As one of the world’s largest payment processors, First Data is taking a major step toward helping to prevent this illegal activity.
In 2011, First Data partnered with the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children (NCMEC) and its sister organization, the International Centre for Missing & Exploited Children (ICMEC), to launch a payments industry education initiative. Launched in 2012, the effort seeks to help the payments industry identify, develop, and implement best practices with the aim of reducing the incidences of commercial child pornography over the Internet.