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Twenty arrests for child pornography offences 

Agents of the National Police have arrested 20 people, and investigated another ten, in an operation against a child pornography exchange network using the internet.

Those implicated allegedly used virtual storage clouds to store the files and share them with third parties with great ease. The agents made 30 raids in homes in Zaragoza, Valladolid, Barcelona, Vizcaya, Castellón, Pontevedra, Lugo, Madrid, Tenerife, Jaen, Granada, Malaga, Seville, Almeria and Cordoba.

Among the detainees is a football coach from Barcelona and a retiree from Seville who had specialised in encryption and file hiding techniques.

The investigation began when police became aware of the existence of a paedophile material exchange network through the net. The agents found that those involved used virtual storage platforms for their activity, having a greater capacity than the computer terminals used regularly.

They were able to share files with great ease and erase them quickly if necessary. It also prevented them from being located easily in the case of a police search or by people from their immediate surroundings.

In addition, two minors, 16 years of age, were arrested in Zaragoza. During the house search, one of them tried to erase the content of the computer material in which the files were found, having to be reduced by the agents and subsequently detained. Ano-ther of the arrested, a man of 55 years detained in Almería, had a history of sexual abuse and used the wi-fi connection of a bar near his house to try to evade a police investigation.

Finally, two women have been identified in Madrid and Malaga for possession of paedophile material. Both told the agents that they stored the files by mistake.