An agent works on his computer during an investigation against child pornography, in an image released on January 28, 2006 by the Spanish police
Forty men were arrested in Spain for sharing on the Internet pedophile material „of extreme seriousness,“ police announced Saturday in a statement.
The suspects were arrested in 17 Spanish provinces, ten of them in Madrid and five in Alicante (southeast). Many of them had „a high technical profile“, and in the network there were teachers, engineers, public employees and retirees, the police said.
They exchanged child pornography through a „peer to peer“ platform on the Internet, and most of them „used specific software to erase the pedophile files and browsers to access the dark web“, the deep internet that does not appear indexed in the regular search engines and requires specific access programs.
During the operation, the police explained, 42 home searches were made, „in which numerous laptops, more than 100 hard drives, compact discs and DVDs have been operated, in which gigas of photographs and videos of pornographic content were stored. for minors „.
„It is extremely serious material,“ the statement said. One of those arrested in Alicante, in addition to distributing material, allegedly „harassed minors to get images of sexual content, which he later edited and uploaded to the Internet.“ The police thus managed to identify four girls victims of sexual harassment.
In April of last year, 17 people were arrested in Spain when an international network that distributed child pornography through the Whatsapp messaging application was dismantled.
That operation, baptized „Tantalio“, allowed to seize 300 material elements -computers, mobiles, tablets, hard drives- and to arrest a total of 39 people in 18 countries, among them Spain, Argentina, Mexico, Peru, Colombia, Italy, Germany and Portugal.