Child Abuse and Open Source Intelligence (OSINT)

Europol’s Child Abuse Image Geolocated In Ukraine using OSINT: A Forgotten Story Hidden Behind A Landscape

The following report contains a reference to a child modeling studio producing child sexual abuse material in 2001. All names related to the studio are fictitious. The original source did not contain any explicit material. All the images accessed and used during the investigation were already censored, but for the avoidance of doubt, it must be noted that the researchers did not obtain, look or download any explicit content. The original source was shared with Europol before the publication of this report and cannot be revealed for the protection of the victims and as to not impede the investigations. Although the main objective of the article is to show the method by which an image listed by Europol was geolocated, Bellingcat has decided to publish some details found in the investigation to create awareness of the subject and to support Europol’s #StopChildAbuse campaign.