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Spain: Police break up international child porn chat network

AP  |  Madrid 

Spanish officials say police have arrested 39 people in an international operation against a major network that distributed child pornography material via the popular online chat application WhatsApp.

A police statement today said the network operated some 100 chat groups with 135 identified users in 18 countries in Europe, Central and South America.


The statement said 17 people were arrested in Spain, with other detentions made in Argentina, Bolivia, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Ecuador, El Salvador, Germany, Guatemala, Italy, Mexico, Paraguay, Peru and Portugal.

The operation was carried out in coordination with Interpol and Europol.

Spanish police said files retrieved contained abusive and brutal treatment of children up to 8 years of age.

(This story has not been edited by Business Standard staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

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