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Police arrest 251, seize child pornography in Brazil raids

AP  |  Sao Paulo 

arrested more than 250 people as they executed hundreds of search and seizure warrants for in the largest operation of its kind in the Latin American country.

Thousands of police fanned out yesterday in 24 states and the federal district to serve more than 500 warrants, the said. During the searches, police detained people they said were in possession of or were sharing By evening, 251 people had been taken into custody.

said the operation was the largest involving civil police in Brazil's history. "This is without a doubt one of the most reprehensible, one of the most intolerable against our children and adolescents," he said at a conference.

"Because of this, within the law, we will be unrelenting in combating it. We will not stop here." Investigators analysed more than 1 million files in order to identify the targets of Thursday's operation, Jungmann said.

Last year, American authorities shared with Brazilian and methods for identifying such files online, according to Carlos Afonso Goncalves, the at the

The targets of the investigation all had "considerable quantities" of electronic files containing images of in their possession, said Alessandro Barreto, at the secretariat. The smallest number of downloaded files was 150.

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First Published: Fri, May 18 2018. 05:10 IST