Child abuse image trade targeted

The European Financial Coalition brings together payment firms, law enforcement agencies and child protection groups to disrupt commerce in the images.

By tracking cash made by sites selling abuse images, investigators hope to stop the trade and find abusers.

Backers include Mastercard, Visa, Paypal and UK's Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre (CEOP).

Funded by the European Commission, the coalition is intended to serve as a "stark warning" to those involved in the sale and distribution of child sex images.