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Bitcoin and darknet are making it harder to track online child abuse

Bitcoin and darknet are making it harder to track online child abuse

D utch child rights organisation Terre des Hommes put a fake picture online in 2013 of a 10 year-old girl purporting to be available for sexual activity. Known as “operation Sweetie” , potential abusers were asked to make a $20 (£14) online transfer. In just 10 weeks, more than 1,000 paedophiles in 71 countries were caught by the sting. While few arrests were made because the operation could be deemed to be entrapment, the experiment showed how online payments could track paedophiles. Tracking the flow of money in the industry is a critical tool in efforts to stop online child abuse, but is a tactic that is becoming increasingly hard due to anonymous currencies and less traceable parts of the internet. Ten years ago, it was common for individuals to use credit cards to access graphic commercial child abuse websites. To tackle this, the Financial Coalition Against Child Por...

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