Spanish police smash online child pornography ring

20th December 2010, Comments 0 comments

Spain carried out a major operation against an online child pornography ring Monday, arresting a number of suspects in Catalonia and other regions, police said.

"A number of arrests have taken place, but we cannot provide any numbers," a spokesman for police in Catalonia told AFP, adding that the investigation was confidential.

Spanish media reported that police had raided a number of homes in Barcelona, A Coruna, Madrid, Zaragoza, Valencia and Andalucia.

One of the alleged leaders of the ring was arrested in Barcelona, local media reported, and had been running a website on which 400 users exchanged child pornography.

Spanish news agency Europa Press reported, quoting a neighbour, that the suspect was a Spanish man in his 20s who lived with his mother and sister and studied computers.

On October 8, Spanish police carried out a vast operation against online child pornography, arresting 57 people and charging 47 others.

© 2010 AFP

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