Top UN cybercrime official Neil Welsh in an interview to ABC said that rise of cryptocurrencies have made it challenging to fight terror financing, money laundering, and child slavery. He believes that cryptocurrencies provide an extra layer of secrecy to criminals.
Welsh, who is the head of the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime, also said that because of cryptocurrencies global pedophile rings successfully evade authorities and function under the radar. However, he thinks new policies by FATF can help reduce the anonymity of criminals.
Neil Welsh asserted that people do not realize the scale of child exploitation that occurs on the internet because of cryptocurrencies. Before the digital currency came into existence, it was easier for investigators to track down ill criminals by tracking the payment mode, and now it has become very challenging. He also advised parents and children to be aware of online risk and how to prevent it.
In the interview, Neil talked about money laundering, and there are organized groups that specialize in moving currency from one place to another. He believes that tech is part of the problem, but it is also the only way to solve these crises. He emphasized tech companies must involve in policymaking to tackle these issues.