Moving Public-Private Partnerships From Rhetoric to Reality: CIRCAMP / CSAADF Transferability Assessment   [open pdf - 467KB]

"Online child exploitation is a serious problem. Despite significant investments in investigation and prosecution, law enforcement still finds it difficult to mitigate the production, transfer and viewing of online child exploitative materials. The COSPOL [Comprehensive Operational Strategic Planning for the Police] Internet Related Child Abusive Material Project (CIRCAMP) is an effort to develop a workable solution to online child exploitation. Employing an innovative partnership between law enforcement, financial institutions, businesses (e.g., Internet service providers [ISPs]) and nongovernmental organizations (NGOs), the CIRCAMP network coordinates multinational investigations, targets financial flows to child exploiters and denies the Internet to viewers of online child exploitation. This study explores how CIRCAMP agencies and international organizations team with the private sector to enhance investigative tools against online child exploitation. It opens with a discussion of online child exploitation and the most significant challenges facing law enforcement. It finds that the CIRCAMP network addresses many of these challenges, and both the accomplishments and criticisms of the network are discussed in depth. The study focuses on three elements of the CIRCAMP program: the level of cooperation and resulting successes from the CIRCAMP network, the use of technology filters, and the targeting of financial flows as a deterrent and investigative tool. It concludes with an assessment of the potential applicability for U.S.-based efforts against online child exploitation."

Report Number:
NCJ 230403
Public Domain
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National Criminal Justice Reference Center: http://www.ncjrs.gov/
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