Croatian authorities are currently investigating a group of eight suspects accused of child pornography, with over 50 digital devices having been seized. The investigation aims to establish the number of crimes committed, whether the suspects shared photos, and how they obtained the images. One suspect has already been arrested, and a child was rescued in an international operation called “Mosaic” targeting Croatian pedophiles. While the Croatian police have remained tight-lipped about the investigation, their Slovenian counterparts have revealed more details.
In Slovenia, eight citizens were arrested on suspicion of sexually abusing children and minors online. However, it is unclear if they are connected to one another. The Slovenian authorities believe that the suspects committed multiple offenses related to exposure, production, possession, and forwarding of pornographic material depicting sexual abuse of minors. A sentence of six months to eight years in prison is prohibited in Slovenia for these offenses. The suspects accessed dark web links and used public internet access from different locations to commit their crimes.
Meanwhile, three individuals were arrested in Montenegro for child pornography as part of the “Mosaic” campaign. The Montenegrin police conducted an operation called “Temid,” which aimed to protect minors and prevent the exchange or distribution of pornographic material created by them.
The main suspects in both countries accessed the dark web to obtain images depicting sexual abuse of children and used cryptocurrency to make purchases while concealing their identities and actions. Investigators are currently analyzing digital devices and gathering evidence to prosecute the suspects for their crimes.
Overall, this international effort highlights the importance of working together across borders to combat online child pornography and protect innocent children from harm.