“The research shows that the live streaming of abuse for payment is no longer an emerging trend but an established reality,” the report said.
Criminal gangs recruit disadvantaged children or their own children for the abuse.
MORE: 13 Security and Privacy Tips for the Truly Paranoid The scam begins on Facebook, Badoo or Chatroulette, where the women pick out their targets and develop friendships with them.
Over time, the conversation and behavior become more and more sexual, until the women invite the men onto Skype for some fun of a more personal nature.
The webcam is a cherished tool of digital extortionists.
With the help of a remote access trojan (RAT) like Black Shades or Dark Comet, a bad actor can “slave” a user’s computer, assume control over their webcam, record the unknowing individual, and leverage that footage to get what they want from their victim.
THE HAGUE: Hi-tech criminals are increasingly selling live streams of child sex over legitimate chat sites and apps such as Skype for hard-to-trace virtual currencies like Bitcoin, Europe’s policing agency warned on Tuesday.
“Criminals that sexually exploit children online are becoming more entrepreneurial with technological developments and are profiting financially,” Europol said in a special report on commercial sexual exploitation of children online.
Even on the off chance that the women were under 14, Italian law allows ignorance of a partner's age as a limited legal defense, unless the victim is under 10.“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.Italian police have received a number of complaints about women who sexually entertain men on Skype for free, then claim to be underage and demand hush money.The IDG news service reported the story, which indicates that the incidents may be related.The Italian police have investigated 11 complaints and determined that four women are behind all of them.