Criminal gangs recruit disadvantaged children or their own children for the abuse."These persons offer homeless children or children from their own family for the sexual abuse by individuals, live in front of a camera, in the European Union or developing countries, for financial gain," the report said.Filippino police recently busted a paedophile ring that streamed live sex involving children as young as six, the report said.Many have lost money, resources and have been exploited and these criminals have to be stopped.Here’s what you can do to prevent yourself from being scammed: DO NOT answer calls from users you don’t know. Get even with these high-tech criminals by reporting and blocking them at once after being victimized. Blocking and reporting these scammers helps keep the network free of users who have wrong intentions.
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Compiled by Europol's EC3 cybercrime centre, together with Eurojust, NGOs, credit card and online giants such as Google and Microsoft, the report paints a disturbing picture of rising online child abuse.
The sale of child abuse live streams over legitimate chat sites or video chat apps is much harder to trace than when the abuse is sold from a website."The research shows that the live streaming of abuse for payment is no longer an emerging trend but an established reality," the report said.
Police rescued 15 victims aged between six and 15, and arrested 29 people including gang members and people who allegedly paid to watch the abuse in 13 countries.
Over 700 other suspected purchasers of online child sex abuse filmed in the Philippines have been identified, Europol said.
Like using legitimate, mainstream chat sites to broadcast the abuse, payment using virtual currencies such as Bitcoin also makes the criminals harder to trace than if they were taking credit card payments.