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Australia Concerned Over Paypal Use for Child Sex Online

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Child abuse payments on PayPal to be investigated
Source:AFP Published: 2019/9/24
Australia's financial regulator on Tuesday ordered an investigation into global money transfer platform PayPal over concerns it is being misused by sex offenders to buy child abuse material from Asia.

The Australian Transaction Reports and Analysis Center (AUSTRAC) will appoint an external auditor to examine what it calls "ongoing concerns" over PayPal's alleged breaches of the country's anti-money laundering and counter-terrorism financing laws.

AUSTRAC said it was working with its partners to "combat serious crimes such as child sex exploitation" using funds transfer information reported by the financial services sector.

"Online child abuse material can be ordered from Australia to areas such as the Philippines in quite often small amounts that are repeated often, and PayPal unfortunately is one of the areas that they can use to do that," AUSTRAC CEO Nicole Rose told the ABC. "That's why we want to get the auditor in to really what sort of risks there have been and continue to be with PayPal systems or their reporting regime."

A PayPal Australia spokesperson said that following an internal review the company had "self-disclosed an issue" in its reporting system to AUSTRAC. "We are working in full cooperation with AUSTRAC to remediate this reporting system issue and to undertake the audit as outlined by AUSTRAC in the time specified," they said in a statement.

An audit report must be compiled within 120 days and will be used to determine whether the regulator takes any further action against the digital payments platform.
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Australian paedophiles pay as little as $15 for online abuse of children in Philippines
Australian federal police say livestreaming of children performing sexual acts marks ‘alarming shift’
Carmela Fonbuena in Manila
Mon 9 Dec 2019 02.39 GMT
Australian paedophiles are targeting poor families in the Philippines and paying them as little as $15 for children to perform sexual acts online, the Australian federal police say. Photograph: Supplied by International Justice Mission.

Australian paedophiles are paying as little as A$15 for children to perform sexual acts online while being filmed in the Philippines, according to the head of the Australian federal police team in Manila.

Senior officer Andrew Perkins told Guardian Australia there was an “alarming shift” from previously more common types of “sex tourism” to “convenient and low-risk” online abuse of children which can be customised to the specific requirements of customers.

“It includes the development of live online sexual abuse in pay-per-view. Online child sexual exploitation is one of the most alarming forms of human trafficking in the Philippines,” Perkins said.

The English-speaking nation with a similar time zone to Australia has become a prime target for the country’s paedophiles. They are able to find their victims among poor families desperate to make a living. All they need is access to a webcam and the internet to livestream a performance, and access to a remittance facility to receive payments.

Perkins said Australian paedophiles paid anywhere from $15 to $500 depending on factors such as age of the victim, number of victims, number of viewers and the nature of the abuse.
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