Police warning to social network uses over child pornography
National Police have arrested 40 people for allegedly distributing child pornographic material through a social network.
Coordinated by the Central Cybercrime Unit of the National
Police, the investigation has been carried out in close collaboration with the
Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) of the US Embassy in Spain.
The investigation began when Spanish agents received various
information from the National Centre for Missing and Exploited Minors (NCMEC)
in the United States for the alleged commission of various crimes of
prostitution and corruption of minors. In the aforementioned operational
information, the National Police were informed of the alleged commission of
criminal acts through a social network, committed by users in Spain.
It was the social network itself that denounced through
NCMEC that several of the users of its application in Spain had shared
unequivocal audiovisual material of child sexual exploitation. Of the total
number of complaints analysed, 51 people related to these events were
identified. Of these, 45 were minors and, of these, seven lacked criminal
responsibility as they were under 14 years of age at the time of distributing
the illicit material.
The subsequent investigations were finally settled with the
location and detention of 40 people -34 of them minors- in the provinces of
Alicante (2), Barcelona (8), Valencia (3), Vizcaya (3), Álava, Córdoba, Cádiz,
Madrid (7), Tenerife (2), Malaga, Murcia (2), Asturias (3), Guipúzcoa, Seville
(3), Gran Canaria, and Zaragoza.
“After the exhaustive analysis of the material
intervened during the practice of the home searches, and by the demonstrations
made by the detained minors, the agents verified that a large part of them
exchanged this type of illegal material for simple amusement, without being
aware of the extreme gravity that supposes its possession and
distribution,” said a police spokesman.
The National Police wants to warn users of any social
network of the importance of not sharing or storing this type of sexual images
and videos featuring minors, since they would be committing a crime. In case of
locating this type of illegal content, it is advisable to report it on the
social network itself or to inform the National Police.