Two seventeen years old Italian teenagers have been arrested for paying Bitcoin (BTC) to watch the brutality where the children are being sexually abused, tortured, harassed and murdered in dark web livestream.
A local media, Il Messaggero, has reported on July 15 that the deep web website having viewed by the two defendants also allowed users to pay extra in crypto BTC in the bid to decide what kind of torture the children would be subjected to next. Italian law enforcement has explained:
“Users that were able to reach those kinds of obscure environments are allowed to take part in acts of sexual violence and torture on minors, performed live by adults.”
Livestreamed Torture And Harassment In Heavy Demand
The dark web livestream services that were offered by the website have different prices. Viewing a pre-recorded video is priced much lesser than watching live sessions. But in both cases, the viewing ends with the murder or death of the child. The article also provides another insight, pertaining to which “viewers can, for instance, request the torturer to amputate a child’s arm or even to pour hot oil on the victim.” Law enforcement on this said:
“The live requests really cost a lot of money and ensure particularly high profits to the foreign organizations that carry out those inhuman acts.”
The two teens were searched as a part of an ongoing investigation that has by far involved 25 people of which were 19 minors and six over 18 years of age, residing in 13 Italian provinces. The operation is named “Delirio” (delirium in Italian) by the local law enforcement. It had started in October and resulted in tens of searches to date.
The two arrested defendants are a man and a woman who have exchanged details pertaining to what they termed as a “red room.” It has been found that the man often shared with the woman bleak details of the dark web livestream.
Media that has been recovered include “pedopornographic videos”, which were self-made by minors, videos bearing children as young as just three-year-olds being molested by the adults, and as well as the videos depicting violence often coupled with Nazi symbology.
It is still unclear whether the website offering the brutal services was shut down, but presumably, only a couple of its viewers were caught. The local law enforcement has not answered any inquiry.
How is Pedopornography Related To Crypto?
As a matter of fact, pseudonymity and the lack of governmental control over the cryptocurrencies make them suitable for the criminals. Among such criminals, happens to be the political dissidents, journalists and whistleblowers. Along with them, others include paedophiles, black-hat hackers and drug dealers.
There have been so many global reports on the use of Bitcoin and other crypto-assets, specifically in the child porn dealings. For example, by the end of June, the Spanish law enforcement busted a darknet child porn ring that utilized cryptocurrency transactions to pay for brutal content.
Source: Coin Telegraph
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