Durban man nailed in child porn sting

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Durban - A Durban man was collared for allegedly soliciting sexually explicit images from a 13-year-old girl in the United States.

A team of specialised police investigators looking into online sexual exploitation of minors in South Africa arrested the Berea man, 29, on Tuesday.

Police spokesperson Major Thulani Zwane said investigators had received a tip-off from their counterparts in the US.

"Police received a tip-off to the effect that a male suspect from somewhere in South Africa was one of the three males communicating and soliciting for sexually explicit images from a 13-year-old girl in Virginia, in the United States.

"The exchange between the suspect and the minor was being done through a mobile application called KIK," he said.

Police searched the suspect’s residence at a block of flats where they found and seized six hard drives, six cellular phones, a USB, 22 DVDs and CDs and a 3G card.

The suspect has already appeared in the Durban Magistrate’s Court and is currently out on bail. His case has been postponed to February 4.

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