"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.
Philippine police recently busted a pedophile ring that streamed live sex involving children as young as 6, the report said.
The reality is of course convoluted with no concrete evidence but it’s worth mentioning what exactly is going on here. As Rafael Rivera explained a few months ago is his article about Skype and Windows Phone, Skype’s original network operated on a peer-to-peer node system which means that Skype only initiated the calls but the actual communication was one-to-one with no one as the middleman.
That structure also has the benefit of being very difficult to intercept.
Compiled by Europol's EC3 cybercrime center, 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.