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Anti-financial crime (AFC) professionals have a wealth of knowledge—but as with all trades, they do not start off that way. So where can professionals who are either new or transitioning into the industry learn introductory AFC concepts? With the Back to the Basics column, ACAMS Today will cover topics such as how to write a suspicious activity report, Bank Secrecy Act policy do’s and don’ts, why cryptocurrency matters in AML and more, all compiled in one place.

Our regular contributor is Chris Bagnall, who has spent his anti-financial crimes career taking complex problems and dissecting them into easy-to-understand formats. If you would like to contribute to this column or have any topics you would like to suggest, email

Editor’s note: This article is the first part of a three-part series on child sexual abuse material (CSAM) and child sex trafficking (CST). ***Disclaimer/trigger warning: This article discusses sexual offenses committed against children. Reader discretion is advised. "Child pornography” is a term that many of...