Europol in biggest ever child porn raid

14th June 2005, Comments 0 comments

14 June 2005, AMSTERDAM — Police in 13 European countries, including the Netherlands, have raided an estimated 150 homes in a massive operation against suspected child pornography networks.

14 June 2005

AMSTERDAM — Police in 13 European countries, including the Netherlands, have raided an estimated 150 homes in a massive operation against suspected child pornography networks.

A new report in Belgium where many of the raids were carried out indicated 230 suspects in all were visited by investigators.

Police seized on Tuesday a large number of desktop computers, laptops, videotapes and other multimedia equipment suspected to have contained child pornography.

The operation, codenamed Icebreaker, was co-ordinated by Europol. The international police squad said it had never conducted such a large operation against child pornography.

Besides the Netherlands, raids were also carried out in Britain, Belgium, France, Germany, Italy, and Sweden. Several countries in Eastern Europe were also targeted.

Italian police played a leading role in the operation because Italy initiated the operation and most of the evidence was gathered in the Southern European nation.

According to Europol, the suspected members of the child porn networks had devised ingenious ways to disguise their electronic identity and code their communication.

Europol helped local police identify the suspects and hopes this will lead to the unmasking of several child pornography makers.

In the Netherlands, the national public prosecution office has been placed in charge of the investigation, but could not immediately comment on the police raids.

[Copyright Expatica News + ANP 2005]

Subject: Dutch news + child pornography

0 Comments To This Article