In Croatia, eight suspects of child pornography were arrested and 50 digital devices were seized by the police. The investigation aims to determine the extent of the crimes committed, whether the suspects shared photos with child pornography, and how they obtained the images. One suspect has been charged and a child was rescued in an international operation called “Mosaic.” However, little information about the investigation has been released by Croatian authorities.
On the other hand, Slovenian authorities have disclosed more details about their own investigation involving eight of their citizens who were arrested on suspicion of sexually abusing children over the internet. The suspects are facing charges for exposure, production, possession, and forwarding of pornographic material depicting sexual abuse of minors. The sentence for these crimes is up to eight years in prison in Slovenia. The suspects accessed dark web links from different locations including virtual Internet connections and public unprotected access to obtain these materials.
In Montenegro, three individuals were also arrested for child pornography as part of the “Mosaic” campaign. The Montenegrin police conducted a separate operation called “Temid,” which aimed to protect minors and prevent any exchange or distribution of pornographic material created by minors.
The main suspects in both countries used cryptocurrency to make purchases while accessing dark web links to obtain images depicting sexual abuse of children. Evidence gathered through analyzing digital devices is being used to prosecute them for their crimes.