Sixty arrested in 12-nation child pornography operation

Sixty people have been arrested in child pornography raids involving 12 nations, including Spain and United States

Photo by: AFP (Archive)
Photo by: AFP (Archive)

Mexican police arrested 60 people who were allegedy using children to make pornographic videos

Mexican officials said that 60 people were arrested in raids as part of an operation against child pornography in 10 Latin American countries, as well as Spain and the United States.

Mexican federal government said in a statement on Sunday that “Operation Without Borders” carried out 97 raids in Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Guatemala, Paraguay, Uruguay, Venezuela, Mexico, Spain and the US.

"Under the framework of action entitled "Operation Without Borders," 97 search warrants were executed in Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Spain, the United States, Guatemala, Mexico, Paraguay, Uruguay and Venezuela, resulting in the arrest of 60 alleged perpetrators of this crime," said a statement from Mexico's National Commission of Security (CNS), which handles matters of public security in the country.

In the statement, officials reported that three girls, aged 9, 14 and 15, who were allegedly used to make pornographic videos, were rescued.

320,000 photographs and 45,000 videos of child pornography were discovered in the multinational operation. The videos were aired on the Internet via email or on social media accounts. Computers and smartphones were also seized during the raids.

According to the statement, Interpol's Argentina division, Chilean police's cyber-crimes investigation brigade and the US Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) also involved in the operation.

The operation was carried out with the aim of "breaking various structures dedicated to the distribution of pornographic material of children via the internet," the statement said.

In October, 81 people who were involved in a massive child pornography distribution network were arrested in Spain, which was one of the largest crackdowns on exchanging illicit materials.

In 2008, Spanish police also detained more than 120 people in a single bust against child pornography.

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