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European police bust child pornography network
November 5, 2007 / 1:19 PM / 10 years ago

European police bust child pornography network

<p>President of the College of Eurojust Michael Kennedy (R) and Deputy Director of Europol Mariano Simancas attend a press conference on the dismantling of a worldwide child sex offender network in The Hague, November 5, 2007. REUTERS/Jerry Lampen</p>

THE HAGUE (Reuters) - Police have dismantled a global child pornography network that produced ‘tailor-made’ videos for about 2,500 customers in 19 countries, European officials said on Monday.

Police seized thousands of computers, videos and photographs in a coordinated investigation, dubbed “Operation Koala”, that was launched after the arrest of an Italian national running a Web site selling videos of underage girls.

They said the videos were mainly produced in Ukraine and included a father sexually abusing his daughters aged nine and 11. Police have identified 23 children aged between nine and 16 who were abused by the network.

European police agency Europol and the European Union’s justice division Eurojust said in a joint statement representatives from 28 countries worked on the case.

“Upon request the children wore suggestive lingerie, at times bought by the customers themselves. Requests on how to pose were also given and some customers even traveled to the studio in order to attend the video shoots,” they said.

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