Child porn accused due in Joburg court

2013-10-02 07:57
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Johannesburg - One of six men accused of involvement in an international child pornography ring is due to appear in the Randburg Magistrate's Court on Wednesday.

The men were arrested in Lichtenburg, Bloemfontein, White River, Douglasdale, Florida, and Potchefstroom in August. They made their first appearances separately in different courts.

At the time, police said they had not pleaded.

Lieutenant General Solomon Makgale said the arrests followed an Interpol tip-off.

During raids at various homes, police seized 672 DVDs, 22 memory sticks, eight laptops, two computer tablets, 39 external hard drives, and 25 books containing child porn.

They were investigating whether the men were involved in the distribution and manufacturing of child pornography, and if they were linked to an international syndicate.

The Times reported that the case had links to Canada, the UK, the US, Western Europe, and Australasia.

It reported that children as young as 5 were believed to have been groomed to have sex with each other and with adults.

The images were believed to have been generated overseas, and local police - with the help of their international counterparts - were investigating whether South African children were involved.
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