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Spanish police swoop against Internet child porn

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Teachers, doctors and businessmen are among 33 people arrested by Spanish police today, suspected of buying images of child pornography on the Internet.

The operation covered a large swathe of the country – targeting those who purchased and distributed the pictures. Police say the websites were highly organised, with designated pages for boys, girls and adolescents. The investigation spread beyond Spain’s borders. Police worked with their counterparts in the US as the sites belonged to companies there and also in Belarus. For Spanish Interior Minister Jose Antonio Alonso such police work is essential. He said it was a defence of children, who represent the country’s future. This is the ninth such operation in Spain in the past year. Child porn customers were tracked down through Internet payments for the images.