GCash shares best practices against online exploitation

GCash, the Philippines’ leading finance app, recently shared its best practices for combating online sexual abuse and exploitation of children (OSAEC) at the Advanced Investigation Workshop 2024.

Organized by the International Justice Mission (IJM), the workshop highlighted the critical issues surrounding OSAEC and gathered representatives from various international law enforcement agencies.

Ingrid Beroña, GCash Chief Risk Officer, emphasized the importance of inter-agency partnerships in fighting exploitation.

“Last year, over 100 possible OSAEC transactions were endorsed to GCash by one of our partner remittance centers and the Anti-Money Laundering Council. We monitor these cases, and if found suspicious, relevant accounts are blacklisted and reported back for further investigation,” Beroña explained.

The workshop featured participants from the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI), the Philippine National Police Women and Children Protection Center (PNP-WCPC), the Anti-Money Laundering Council (AMLC), the Australian Federal Police (AFP), the Netherlands Police, and the United Kingdom’s National Crime Agency (NCA).

GCash collaborates with top law enforcement authorities, including the Philippine National Police Anti-Cybercrime Group (PNP-ACG), the NBI, and the Cybercrime Investigation and Coordinating Center (CICC), to ensure user safety and combat cybercrime.

“Considering our thrust towards financial inclusion, we believe in helping the marginalized. More than just scams and fraud, GCash believes it has a social responsibility to use its resources against crimes, especially those targeting women and children,” Beroña concluded.

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