A 24-year-old woman has been arrested by Romanian authorities for producing and sharing child sexual abuse material.
Romanian police officers and prosecutors searched the woman’s house in Bacău County, Romania, and seized two laptops, a hard-drive, four USB sticks, two mobile phones and documents which may have been used to commit the crimes.
It is believed that the woman had recorded herself sexually exploiting her infant daughter and shared the video content online for financial gain.
The woman’s two children, who were found in the house search, were handed over to child protection services.
Europol supported the investigation by analyzing the information received from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC) through U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI).
This is part of an ongoing flow of information referred through Europol by US ICE originating from compulsory reporting requirements to NCMEC in the United States. This year, Europol has channeled over 22 000 such referrals to 18 European Member States.