French police make raid on child-porn traffickers

21st September 2005, Comments 0 comments

PARIS, Sept 21 (AFP) - Police carried out a series of raids in several regions of France on Wednesday as part of a coordinated investigation into Internet pedophilia being carried out by the European police agency Europol, police said.

PARIS, Sept 21 (AFP) - Police carried out a series of raids in several regions of France on Wednesday as part of a coordinated investigation into Internet pedophilia being carried out by the European police agency Europol, police said.

Raids were carried out in eight countries as part of Operation Icebreaker, following similar police action across Europe on June 14 and 15 when 13 police forces had been involved.

About 20 residences and companies corresponding to Internet addresses were targeted by police in Paris, Versailles, Rennes, Orleans, Bordeaux and Strasbourg were involved, police said.

Police were to seize the computer hard drives at the addresses targeted.

In June, France detained 11 computer users for questioning including a police officer and a teacher from the Paris area who was later arrested.

Two other people are under legal investigation.

Suspects face up to three years in prison if found guilty depending on the countries' legal system. Spreading child pornography on the Internet is punished by up to 10 years in prison in France.

Operation Icebreaker was launched in Italy after an anti-child porn group filed a complaint.

In January Italian police arrested a suspect for heading two chat forums that proposed child porn.

Italian police later gave their French colleagues 175 Internet addresses of which about 50 turned up suspicious material.

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Subject: French news

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