Spain has carried out its biggest crackdown on child pornography with raids on hundreds of homes. Police seized millions of images, after smashing a major internet file swapping ring. Those arrested included pilots, taxi drivers, and people from a complete cross section of society. Ages of those taken into custody range from the very old to youngsters.
Spanish Police chief Enrique Rodriguez who heads a internet crime squad said 800 officers were involved and the operation had an international dimension involving police in countries like Brazil. He said his officers identified people in 250 homes who had downloaded photographs and videos of children being abused or in pornographic poses.
The Spanish police were using a new software programme which detects people downloading internet porn. Spain has been increasing its efforts against the scourge of child pornography in recent years and in earlier raids arrested 100 people in April and June this year.