In a coordinated international operation, Croatian police have seized more than 50 digital devices from eight suspects accused of child pornography. The investigation aims to determine the number of crimes committed, whether the suspects shared photos with child pornography, and how they obtained the photos. One suspect has been arrested, and a child was saved in the process.
Meanwhile, Slovenian authorities have arrested eight citizens on suspicion of sexually abusing children and minors over the internet. However, it is not clear if they are connected to each other. The suspects are believed to have committed multiple offenses of exposure, production, possession, and forwarding of pornographic material depicting sexual abuse of minors. Sentences for such crimes can range from six months to eight years in prison in Slovenia.
The suspects used various means to access dark web links and use unprotected internet access from different locations, including virtual connections. Montenegro also arrested three individuals for child pornography as part of the “Mosaic” campaign. The Montenegrin police conducted their own operation called “Temid,” which aimed primarily at protecting minors and preventing the exchange or distribution of pornographic material created by minors.
The main suspects in both countries are believed to have accessed the dark web to obtain material depicting sexual abuse of children and used cryptocurrency to make purchases while concealing their actions and identities. Evidence is being gathered through analyzing digital devices to prosecute them for their crimes.
In conclusion, this international operation highlights the need for continued efforts by law enforcement agencies worldwide to combat online child pornography and protect vulnerable children from harm.