ASACP in Washington Reports on Drop in Commercial Child Pornography

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Tim Henning, director of Technology and Forensic Research for the Association of Sites Advocating Child Protection, recently traveled to Washington, D.C., to attend the semi-annual meeting of the Financial Coalition Against Child Pornography.

During the meeting, Henning discussed ASACP's findings that there has been a significant drop in commercial child pornography, a claim backed by research from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children.

Henning noted during his presentation that there's been a two-thirds drop in commercial child pornography since September 2007. The drop is being attributed to the combined efforts of the FCACP to make it difficult for child pornographers to process payments. There are also several law enforcement agencies that have broken up major child pornography rings in the past year.

The FCACP is a group of prominent financial institutions, Internet industry leaders and child protection agencies working to eliminate child pornography. Founding members of the Coalition include AOL, American Express, Bank of America, Chase, Citigroup, Discover, Visa, Wells Fargo, Yahoo and the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children.

"ASACP is pleased that it has contributed to the takedowns of these CP rings," said ASACP CEO Joan Irvine. "Of course none of our work with the coalition would be possible without the support of our sponsors. ASACP is grateful to the adult industry for funding our ability to fight child pornography."

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