33 Arrested in Spain Charged with Exchanging Child Pornography on the Net
January 18, 2006
They arrested 33 people, including bankers, retirees and a priest, on charges of using the Internet to exchange child pornography.
Policeman searching a computer which contains child pornography informationSpanish police said on Wednesday they had arrested 33 people, including bankers, retirees and a priest, on charges of using the Internet to exchange child pornography.
Those arrested are suspected of using credit cards to purchase and distribute child pornography material from Web sites operating out of Florida in the United States and Belarus, a police statement said.
Investigations began last year in collaboration with U.S. Treasury Department and the state attorney's office in New Jersey.
After months of probes, police identified 33 users in Spain. Ten of the detainees were arrested in Barcelona and the rest across the country.
"The operation highlights the importance of international police and judicial co-operation in the fight against this type of crime," the ministry said in a statement.
Three were arrested in the Basque Autonomous Region (CAV) and Navarre.
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