New internet child porn network smashed

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28 January 2005, MADRID-Spanish police smashed a child pornography network that operated via the Internet, arresting nine people in several provinces.

28 January 2005

MADRID-Spanish police smashed a child pornography network that operated via the Internet, arresting nine people in several provinces.

Authorities seized a large quantity of computer files, videos and photographs containing images of children that were traded on Web sites by paedophiles.

Most of the material originated in Latin America, although audiovisual materials from Asia were also seized.

The operation began last April when the Civil Guard, Spain's militarized police force, found numerous Web sites containing child pornography.

The 49 sites offered videos and photos of minors that only members or those with knowledge of the exact Internet address could access.

Police blocked these Web sites and authorities moved to identify and locate the individuals in Spain who had posted or traded child pornography on the sites.

Arrests were made in Cadiz, Malaga, Castellon, Barcelona, Tarragona, Alicante and Madrid provinces.

Police are analysing the materials, including thousands of CDs and DVDs containing pornographic material, seized from the suspects.

The Spanish government has vowed to crack down on child pornography, a crime that Interior Minister Jose Antonio Alonso has called "some of the most despicable behaviour that a society can produce".

Last November, Spanish authorities arrested 90 people - teachers, engineers, bureaucrats, soldiers and others - in the nation's biggest-ever crackdown on child pornography.

Police carried out scores of raids nationwide in an effort to break up a child pornography distribution network.

The suspects allegedly used the Internet to swap photographs and videos of minors engaged in sexual acts, in some instances with adults, police said. Among those arrested were 21 minors.

Most of the minors - ranging in age from infancy to 13 - who appeared in the material were from Latin America, though police said the images were labelled according to age and not by country.

U.S. State Department figures indicate that some 2 million children from developing countries are exploited by adults from industrialized nations who engage in sexual tourism, much of it these days arranged via the Internet.

[Copyright EFE with Expatica]

Subject: Spanish news

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