Croatian authorities are conducting a thorough investigation into eight suspects accused of child pornography, involving over 50 digital devices that were seized. The investigation aims to determine the number of crimes committed, whether the suspects shared photos of child pornography and how they obtained them. One suspect has been arrested in an international operation named “Mosaic,” which saw a child saved from Croatian pedophiles. While the Croatian police have not disclosed much information about the investigation, their counterparts in Slovenia have revealed more details about eight of their citizens who were arrested on suspicion of sexually abusing children and minors over the internet.
In Slovenia, authorities suspect these suspects of multiple offenses including exposure, production, possession and forwarding of pornographic material depicting sexual abuse of minors. They accessed dark web links and used various methods including virtual internet connections and public unprotected access to commit their crimes. In Montenegro, three individuals were arrested for child pornography as part of the “Mosaic” campaign, with the Montenegrin police conducting a separate operation known as “Temid,” aimed at protecting minors and preventing the exchange or distribution of pornographic material created by minors.
The main suspects in both countries accessed the dark web to obtain material depicting sexual abuse of children and used cryptocurrency to make purchases, thereby concealing their actions and identities. The investigation involves analyzing digital devices and gathering evidence to prosecute the suspects for their crimes.