Narrow the room is, sober, on the wall, a red alarm emblazoned light – which, however, has no function. The four investigators of the criminal investigation inspection of Rostock view on the three monitors per Desk often unbearable images. Your Department is small, your area of responsibility, child pornography, immeasurably large. “We are facing a huge mountain,” says Matthias Ritter, 40. The chief superintendent thinks in these words to the world in the millions of additional number of offenders.

officials in the Baltic sea city, equipped with expert knowledge in the field of IT and a good Portion of mental stability, can follow on a Monitor the work of the other. The four have eight children of their own, the oldest is eleven. Many of the victims in the images are the same age.

hundreds of thousands of children of all ages, even babies, often with incredible brutality abused – mostly by men. It is also women but. Often photos and movies to dive on it later on the Internet. The viewer of the recording to sit by the tens of thousands in front of their monitors at home, in offices and hotel rooms – even in Germany. Perpetrators who maltreat their victims, filming and photography, are also at home here. Just the case of the mass had become of sexual abuse have on a camping site in Lügde, North Rhine-Westphalia is known.

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detective chief superintendent Matthias Ritter

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And also the viewer are the perpetrators, they generate a demand. And ensure that many victims live long, at least the image will remain in the victim role, because the Internet forgets nothing. Each click on a photo or a Film can be regarded as a new misuse.

The police crime statistics recorded in 2017 in Germany, approximately 12.850 children as victims of sexual abuse. In 6512 cases, it went to the possession and distribution of child pornographic Material. The German children’s aid estimates that the actual number to a multiple. “Children are our present and our future, they need our special protection. But this is not done enough,” criticizes children’s aid-Chef Rainer Becker.

The investigators – close cooperation is required

In the office of the investigators is heard a call: “Look, what do you think?” On knight’s Monitor, a picture emerges. “The colleague evaluates a Stick from someone who has a very broad interest – and not just Porn with children, but also feces, animals and extreme violence”, he tries to explain the Indescribable.

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Almost cool he acts, his colleague also. “You get used to it. Initially, I looked into it a little longer, because I couldn’t believe it,” she says. She learned the quick arrangement. But longer breaks are necessary. You should never imagine to see in these photos, the own children, “otherwise the Job”.

most of The shots are familiar with the commissioners. You are circulating for years on the net. “And then the Moment you see something New. A piece of furniture or a floral Wallpaper.” It follows painstaking police work that can lead to the world may result in an arrest.

You must can looking at porn.

working together, it is associated with some strong emotions. Not everyone can withstand. A half-year trial period in the group is mandatory. Knight is called a part of the requirement profile: “You must can looking at porn.” Recently, a Supervision has been introduced, to help the investigators, to digest what they have Seen. “This has to be taken to the first scepticism.”

The reviewer, and the life-long problems for the victim

“There is no such syndrome, with the abuse, consequences can be described,” says Evelin Werner, forensic consultant in Rostock, on the clinical picture as a result of abuse. The combination of symptoms depends on the age at which a child is abused, the violence, witnessed it, or the question of how long it is exposed to the actions. If, for example, a two-year-old child-producing at the beginning, without pain at the end of physical violence misused, could this be for the victim to normalcy – like early pieces, says the 60-year-old expert. Clarity on what is Happening, as well as the sometimes brutal impact on the social and emotional development were often apparent only later in life.

Many of those Affected will lead a normal life, but a life with inconsistency and without basic trust to others.

Despite the diversity of the symptoms, the weave and Relationship skills of the Affected is often disturbed, explained Werner. Possibly the victim didn’t know your life, how you approach other people. Your social picture of the world was moved. In puberty, it could come in the school to the seemingly inexplicable Performance issues. “Many of those Affected will lead a normal life, but a life with inconsistency and without basic trust to others.”

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Evelin Werner, forensic examiner

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In the victim outpatient clinic of the University medical center Rostock, examines the legal practitioner Verena Blaas children see the police officers in General, only on the Monitor. Stuffed animals such as Teddy bears and a stork waiting on the edge of the wrap Board, to the Small divert.

Sure to be a sexual contact is proven only in the case of a pregnancy or semen on or in the body.

“The diagnosis is extremely difficult,” says Blaas. “Sure to be a sexual contact only in the case of a pregnancy or semen on or in the body is proven.” In over 90 percent of the cases, there is physically unremarkable findings, but this does not exclude the acts. Many forms of child sexual abuse does not necessarily lead to injury. In addition, many offenders have no interest to hurt the children. “You want to put your actions.”

a three-year-old girl had to be examined under General anesthesia. The suspicion was great. “We were able to determine genital injury. The offender was sentenced.”

Like the police, the 32-year-old Blaas often works in a Team. If it doesn’t work to change the problems in the Institute, such as in cases of brute force, in addition to the internal meeting of the partners. Or the dog can go with you on a walk.

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Intern Verena Blaas is in the examination room, the Victims of clinic at the Institute of legal medicine. Here they also examined child victims of sexual abuse have been

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violence against children, and abuse phenomena, and went through the whole of society, you know. The deeds appear to be in well-off families. It happened mostly in the family environment. “Small children often have no consciousness of injustice and are in deep conflict of loyalties.” That is to say: a lot of work for psychologists and Physicians to adulthood.

at the same time, the family represents a barrier to be overcome for helpers hard to come by. “And later, when the children know what is happening, is occupied with the topic of shame and fear, to destroy the family, is immense.” Very bad it was, if the kids think to be to blame, says Blaas.

The police chief has sometimes close to doubt the society

“Eyes in the Belief that the crimes take place thousands of miles away does nothing. You happen to be here”, confirmed the chief of the criminal investigation inspection of Rostock, Rogan Liebmann. The child pornography had become a mass phenomenon in the Hidden of the Internet. “But the company wants to know anything.”

The 53-year-old Liebmann says he could deal with the more than 100 police officers of his Department with the investigation to the child pornography – and yet it would not be enough.

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Rogan Liebmann, chief of the criminal police Inspectorate (KPI) in Rostock. According to his view, child pornography has become a mass phenomenon in the Hidden of the Internet

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many clues investigators obtained from the United States, where the providers are obliged to delete child pornography files, and to report to the authorities. If, however, the news arrived of the there, in Germany, IP addresses are usually deleted. A solution to the data retention, the duration of storage of the digital fingerprint, Liebmann says. Currently waiting on a decision of the Federal constitutional court on the controversial storage. “The best tools of the trade is forbidden for us”, he regretted. He stands in conflict with people who see in the Store a disproportionate interference with the fundamental rights.

Background The retention of data

data retention is the systematic Storing of telephone and Internet data without a specific reason. The data collection is intended to help investigators to prevent terrorist attacks and serious crimes. The topic has been controversial for years.

civil rights activists and privacy advocates, among other things, privacy and confidential communication, see threatened. Several Supreme courts in Germany and the EU objections.

In Germany are obliged telecommunications providers are actually, by law, to store user data for a few weeks and ask the security authorities for the prosecution of certain serious crimes such as child pornography. The Federal network Agency but by 2017, according to a decision of the higher administrative court of Münster to the Memory constraint, until the procedure is complete strong.

Against Internet Provider and telephone provider, will initially not be initiated any penalty proceedings, if they fail to meet their obligation.

According to the law should be saved for ten weeks, whoever has the phone when with whom, how long, or texting, and how someone moves on the Internet. Location data for mobile terminals to be kept for four weeks. Data to the E-Mail traffic and communication contents are not to be recorded.

Sexting – it’s not just about abuse and child pornography

A Trend makes the investigators: the Sexting, the cavalier Sending of Nude pictures by Teens in chat rooms. “You have to know the number of 14-year-old girl in the network is limited. The number of men posing as girls, but it is unlimited,” says knight. He suspected that behind the majority of the alleged girl on the net, an adult hides.

The children were early sexualised. In the curious search you get pages where the culprits lie in wait for victims. The contact is close, high rocks, and sometimes leads to naked pictures or movies while Masturbating. “Often loneliness is the reason for the children, because on the other side, someone who will listen. The offender is happy, he has new Material, he can admire,” explains knight. And new Material is often of entry in international exchanges, it is the so-called chastity is sample.

The sometimes helpless law enforcement

The retention runs like a red thread through the arguments of the Rostock police. “Everyone accepted that on the car with a number plate,” says knight. Anyone who drives too fast is a speeding ticket, can be found and pay the fine. “Only on the Internet, with crimes a thousand times worse dimensions, we allow us,” he criticizes.

The exact number of police officers, the fight nationwide, this Form of crime, is not known. In Rostock, the Quartet is active. “We need experts in this area, to get a foot in the door,” says police chief Liebmann. His people are to set strict limits on The dissemination of child pornography is punishable, even for investigators. That is why you try to insist with artificial, but real looking images, the chastity of the sample and to get access to filesharing.

Background child pornography in the criminal code, the

child pornography are understood to be pornographic images of children and young people under the age of 14. The Section 184b of the criminal code sets, including the unnatural, gender-stressed body attitude, or the sexually provocative reproduction of the unclothed genitals or unclothed buttocks. With prison sentences of up to five years, an offender can be sentenced, if he distributed child pornography. Be carried out these acts on a commercial basis, are prison terms up to ten years. Those who “only” appropriate images or Videos, can be punished with up to three years in prison.

in the criminal context Is sufficient?

Currently, a penalty of a maximum of three years for possession of child pornography. A shoplifter can get five years. The minimum punishment for sexual violence against a child is currently six months and is therefore only a Misdemeanor, explains how to help the children of chief Becker. Apartment break-in had been made, however, with at least one year of punishment for the crime. “Property to be given a higher priority than the physical integrity and the unhindered development of one’s own sexuality of our children is just, and,I and absurd,” complains he.

The Darknet – a collection point for the “clever offender”

The mysterious Darknet plays for the German investigators, no load-bearing role. In the “light power” is not the number of offenders who so large that the time for the dark variant is sufficient. May be the quality of the images is in the Darknet is bigger, perhaps you are also new. But in the end most of the images ended up however, in the open Internet. However, it is to go to the Darknet harder: Behind paywalls abuse is even live.

The Federal criminal police office, coordinated the investigation

As the Central office of the police and the Federal criminal police office for the evaluation and forward the findings to the authorities to prosecute. “The primary goal is always to prevent the sexual abuse of children and adolescents, respectively, to finish,” says Matthias Wenz of the Federal police unit to combat the sexual abuse. He also says: “The consumption of child pornography increases navchweislich the risk of committing their own Abuses.” 2017 was determined against 5669 suspects for child pornography, 800 more than the year before.

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The Rostock investigator knight knows the excuses, if the investigators are found “Randomly one finds child pornography,” he says. Those who have such images on his PC, was the perpetrator. Knight reports from interrogations that ended with tears. Once they found on a computer, bulging entries in the forums, in which the offender “death penalty for child called molester” filled with photos and movies. Because some are of the opinion that they did not commit when a mere Look at abuse, as they themselves touched the child.

therapy for pedophiles – “no perpetrators”

“pedophilia is classified by the world health organization as a disease of significant disorder, when the person suffers from it or him a degree of risk,” says Maximilian von Heyden, employees of the prevention network “don’t offend” at the Berlin Charité. An estimate of one percent of the male population with a sexual responsiveness to the child’s body. The don’t put them inevitably under pressure, many did not want to live out their passion. And: The majority of pedophiles don’t ever an Assault.

“pedophilia is an illness, when a suffering is there,” he explains. An estimated 60 percent of the sexual abuse acts against children would be committed also by Non-pedophiles. “Sexual preference is not a cure – in the sense of get rid of,” affirms von Heyden. “Treat one can control you but very good for the structure of a behavior.”

The “classical sex offender – he also needs therapy

the other 60 percent of the perpetrators of massive differences-existence of a “normal sexual behaviour”, says the Rostock and a criminal lawyer, Beate Falkenberg, 50. You are first and foremost about Power, but also to fantasies of Violence and practices that you cannot live in a partnership. The views of the sexuality with defenseless children, so the implementation of your pitch, paired with the anonymity of the Internet, can be used to reinforce the criminal appeal.

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The Rostocker criminal defense lawyer Beate Falkenberg. In their view, the perpetrators need therapy, who have sexually abused children. However, there is in the prison departments, often little-the therapist

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Have caught this offender once, in need of a therapy, says Falkenberg. However, there is in the prison departments often have far too little therapists.

the investigator in the criminal investigation of Rostock. You encounter again and again on repeat offenders – that is also a factor that can cause additional frustration into your heavy Job.

Joachim Mangler / DPA / wue

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Teodora Torrendo is an investigative journalist and is a correspondent for European Union. She is based in Zurich in Switzerland and her field of work include covering human rights violations which take place in the various countries in and outside Europe. She also reports about the political situation in European Union. She has worked with some reputed companies in Europe and is currently contributing to USA News as a freelance journalist. As someone who has a Masters’ degree in Human Rights she also delivers lectures on Intercultural Management to students of Human Rights. She is also an authority on the Arab world politics and their diversity.

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