Child-Pornography Investigation Nets 130 Suspects

LONDON, NOV. 28, 2001 ( More than 130 people were detained today as part of an international operation to halt child pornography and the abuse of minors, BBC reported.

In addition to Great Britain, the pedophile network extends to the United States, Spain, Israel, Belgium, Canada, Russia, Sweden, Taiwan, Portugal, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, South Korea, Holland, New Zealand and Turkey.

In an unprecedented operation, police in England and Scotland searched the homes of suspects and confiscated computer databases, BBC disclosed.

Through the National Crime Service, police in Britain followed Web page users specialized in supplying child pornography, BBC reported.

The operation was planned over the past 10 months. Agents succeeded in dismantling more than 30 Internet news groups specialized in supplying child pornography images. They had more than 60,000 such images, which could be downloaded from the Internet.