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Global online paedophile network bust

2012-03-08 16:39

Rome - Italian police have broken up a paedophile network spanning at least 28 countries that used social media websites to swap pornographic images and videos of child abuse.

Ten people have been arrested in Italy, the United States, France and Portugal, and another 112 are being investigated on suspicion of child pornography, Italy's computer crime police bureau NIT said in a statement.

Police carried out raids in several countries on Thursday morning in "Operation Nanny" to dismantle what NIT called "an extensive international community of paedophiles".

Investigators froze computer data in US social network servers and took down several online communities that served to recruit new members and pool illegal material.

The data revealed an Italian-founded criminal group with more than 700 followers around the world, exchanging thousands of images and videos, NIT said.

Comments
  • jandreleroux - 2012-03-08 17:14

    May they never see the light of day again!

  • cosmos.ndebele - 2012-03-08 17:23

    Its very common in the West this type of thing!!! Horrible Horrible

      jandreleroux - 2012-03-08 17:30

      It would probably more accurate to say that although these things seemingly usually occur in the West it would be completely unrealistic to think that the same kind of thing does not happen all over!

      Anthony - 2012-03-08 17:51

      Well, I would be very careful what you say ....... The way here, in SA, grown up men, 20-30-40 years old, stare up and down, a 12 year old girl, in a school uniform, is totally mind bogging, and suggest that the proplem of paedophiles is a far bigger threat than one believes!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Winsome - 2012-03-08 17:29

    OMG! This is such a scary thing - a network of 26 COUNTRIES of Paedophiles! Wish the lot of them could be jailed and the keys thrown away.

  • Gareth-P - 2012-03-08 17:47

    Shoot them in the f(**^ face

  • Azurite - 2012-03-08 18:13

    Here we go. African people commenting on Western sins. Forgetting that they allow under-age marriage. Bwahahaha!

      Azurite - 2012-03-08 19:01

      The same people that had no car, tv or internet until it came to their shores. If you don't like it, don't use it.

  • zaatheist - 2012-03-08 19:32

    Do these guys have any connections with the Vatican?

  • Sharon - 2012-05-08 12:38

    Its not only sickening that people want to look and distribute child pornography but what about the sub humans that allow their children to be used in this way. It makes a person feel ill to think how these poor children are used. My god what a world we live in!

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