Hawks bust MXit porn boss

2011-08-14 14:29

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Johannesburg - The Hawks have arrested a former policeman believed to head of a national child porn ring which spread its material on the social media network, MXit, according to Rapport on Sunday.

The 38-year-old man would appear in court on Monday, according to the newspaper.

He was arrested while trying to leave the country on Thursday, after a two-month long investigation.

"The pictures are very explicit," Hawks spokesperson McIntosh Polela told the paper.

He said the man left the police seven years ago. His identity was being withheld to protect the identity of his children, and because he had not yet been charged.

Polela said the Hawks were tipped off after the man allegedly offered explicit photos of young girls to a police source on MXit.

He would approach MXit users in the "Thirty Something" chat room.

"This kind of stuff goes diametrically against what MXit is," MXit's head of marketing Juan du Toit told Rapport.

The network apparently had members in Nelspruit, Johannesburg and Durban.

More arrests were possible.

- SAPA
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