Bulgaria Police Make Arrests in Europol Child Porn OperationCrime | December 10, 2009, Thursday // 17:13| views
115 alleged child sex offenders were arrested Thursday in raids across 19 countries in an operation against child pornography. Photo by abcnews.com
Bulgaria Police have made an unconfirmed number of arrests in Bulgaria, allegedly including teachers or caretakers, in a European police agency Europol operation.
115 alleged child sex offenders were arrested Thursday in raids across 19 countries in an operation against child pornography.
Europol said a two-year international operation targeting child sex offenders on the internet had identified five children in different countries, aged between 4 and 12, who were the victims of sexual crimes. A total of 221 suspects were identified.
The offenders had a variety of professional backgrounds. Some were teachers or caretakers and therefore had close contact with children, Europol said.
The investigation was led by Austrian authorities, who found an internet service provider being misused as a distribution channel for child pornography. Europol then analyzed log files and reported back to involved countries.
Raids took place in Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Canada, Denmark, France, Germany, Hungary, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, the Netherlands, Poland, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Switzerland and the United Kingdom.
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