121 people arrested in one of the most important police operations against child pornography

National Police agents have arrested 121 people in one of the most important actions against the production, distribution and possession of child pornography. 125 searches have been carried out throughout Spain in which 368 hard drives, 114 USB flash drives, 100 DVDs, 60 computers and other computer equipment have been seized. The audiovisual material intercepted from those arrested, 118 men and three women, consists of 500 terabytes of extremely harsh pornographic content starring minors.

The investigation was initiated by agents of the Central Cybercrime Unit within the preventive cyber patrol work to combat pedophile networks that share files of child sexual abuse material through the web. The size of the operation, considered one of the most important carried out in Spain, has required the participation of 46 territorial units of agents specialized in cybercrime.

The 121 arrested used the same digital platform to obtain and share illicit content. One of the arrests, carried out in Madrid, allowed the arrest of a man plus two million files of serious sexual abuse committed on very young girls. Many of the videos were characterized by the high degree of violence used on the victims and were spread across ten large-capacity hard drives.

The operation has been considered one of the most important carried out in Spain against child pornography

In one of the searches carried out in Alicante, the agents arrested a man who possessed a large amount of multimedia files containing explicitly sexual images of two minor males. During the analysis of the files, the investigators realized that the material had been recorded inside the arrestee’s home.

It is worth highlighting that for two of the detainees carried out in Cáceres, as well as for another of those carried out in Almería, the investigating courts of the open cases determined their entry into prison based on the amount of content located in their possession, one of them arriving These detainees have agreed to a five-year prison sentence for the crime of possession and distribution of child sexual exploitation material.

The operation has been carried out throughout the national territory and during the 125 searches carried out in the homes or workplaces of those arrested, 946 electronic storage devices have been seized – 368 hard drives, 427 CDs and DVDs, 114 USBs, 37 memory cards- 60 computers, 47 mobile phones, six tablets, a video camera and other electronic devices.

All the material intervened in the operation is subject to a technical police analysis, in search of new evidence that will allow continuing investigation efforts to identify new victims of sexual abuse, or contacts of the detainees who make up a network of pedophiles.

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