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Online Sexual Exploitation of Children How tracing of transactions can save victims

Sexual exploitation of children in three painful bullets

1. There is a large market for profit-driven online rape and humiliation of children

2. Live-streamed abuse is when a perpetrator directs an abuse online to fit their preferences

3. Sextortion, to extort someone into sending content of sexual character by using threats, has increased rapidly

Internet

An extended hunting ground

In the Philippines, a mother sexually abuses her little girl for EUR 10-60. Through a chat forum, a man in Denmark is providing instructions as he watches the abuse in real-time via webcam.

In Spain, a young girl is crying as she gets undressed. A man from Germany is threatening to kill her family if she does not send him sexual material.

In Finland, a teenage girl discovers that her private pictures have been stolen as she is contacted online by a man from Belgium, extorting her for money.

This is the agonising reality for many children in the world, and online sexual exploitation of children takes many different forms.

Putting the pieces together

Crimes in the digital era often constitute a substantial challenge for law enforcement agencies

Intelligence have identified numerous different risk factors linked to perpetrators and victims, e.g. age, country of residence and money flows. In fact, money flows vary depending on the type of online sexual exploitation, i.e. live-streaming and sextortion.

Knowing how, where and to whom these transactions are made can play an essential role in discovering sexual abuse online.

Live streaming

Live-streamed abuse is when a perpetrator directs an abuse online to fit their preferences

Financial indicators of live-stream sexual abuse:

  • Card payment to an online payment solution shortly followed by an outgoing transaction
  • Amounts does not in general exceed EUR 60
  • Low value transactions to the same recipient (financial interest perpetrator)
  • Transactions are made to countries with high poverty (predominantly Asia and Africa)

Sextortion

Sextortion, to extort someone into sending content of sexual character by using threats, have increased rapidly

Financial indicators of sextortion:

  • Singular or numerous outgoing transactions to the same recipient (perpetrator)
  • Singular or numerous incoming transactions from one or multiple senders (victims)

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