Tanjug – 16 December 2011
THE HAGUE –Europol has reported today that the police have arrested 112 persons in 22 countries, following the one-year investigation that was part of the fight against child pornography, warning that technological development aggravates the prevention of distribution of pictures of sexual abuse of children.
The operation was initiated against those who were exchanging “the most extreme video material” of sexual abuse of children, said Europol.
Director of Europol Rob Wainwright said that 269 people had been suspected for that criminal offences to date, but new arrests would probably follow, because of the fact that the networks that were dealing with child pornography and that had not been known so far had been discovered in the operation.
Wainwright said that the operation was successful, but he emphasized that it showed “how much the Internet helps criminals to develop better techniques for exchanging pictures and video material and for protecting their identities”.
According to AP, because of its large amount, confiscated material requires extra analysis.
Investigation called “Operation Icarus” was carried out together with the Danish police that have the most experience in this field. In that country at least 19 people, between 24 and 55 years old have been arrested for possessing and distributing child pornography.
Denmark’s national police chief Jens Henrik Hoejbjerg said that only in Denmark, 59 computers and 2.430 external devices (e.g. disks, flesh memories and the like) had been confiscated.
Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Cyprus, Czech, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Luxembourg, Malt, Netherlands, Poland, Slovakia, Spain, Sweden, Croatia, Norway and Switzerland were included in the operation.