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Dozens questioned in Nordic child porn raid

TT/David Landes · 16 Jun 2009, 11:41

Published: 16 Jun 2009 11:41 GMT+02:00

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Around 80 people in Sweden, Denmark, Norway, and Finland have been taken in for questioning and many have confessed to their suspected crimes, according to a statement from the Swedish National Police Board (Rikspolisstyrelsen).

“The raid has been under preparation during the entire spring in cooperation with our Nordic colleagues and eleven local Swedish police authorities. The preparations have worked very well and we’re going to continue with our Nordic cooperation,” said Stefan Kronqvist from the IT-crimes section of Sweden’s National Investigation Department (Rikskriminalpolisen), in a statement.

Around 20 of the suspects live in Sweden and are under investigation for downloading and uploading images featuring child pornography.

Rikskriminalpolisen spokesperson Varg Gyllander confirmed for the TT news agency that one person was currently being held in Sweden.

“But I can’t say any more because the operation is ongoing,” he said.

Police confiscated computers as a part of the raid, but will only know more about the number of images and film clips featuring child pornography once technicians have had a chance to examine the computers.

“We’ve been working in the same way we usually do when dealing with child pornography. What’s different is that this time we took action together with police from other Nordic countries,” said Gyllander.

The raid, known as Operation Viking, was a joint effort by police in the four Nordic countries and is surrounded in strict confidentiality to ensure the suspected paedophiles couldn’t destroy important evidence.

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In addition to images of child pornography, police are also looking for Scandinavian children who have been subjected to sexual molestation.

TT/David Landes (news@thelocal.se)

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Your comments about this article

12:10 June 16, 2009 by Marley420
Just glad the Church of Sweden had time to use the delete button...
13:37 June 16, 2009 by peropaco
Aaah, I wonder was the penalty for downloading child pornography? I dare bet it is far less than downloading music. What da ya think?
13:41 June 16, 2009 by JonnyDee
I applaud all the Scandinavian countries for doing this and I hope the trial is thorough and the punishment is stiff. This is one of the sickest crimes in the world today and although I'm sure not as much happens in Scandinavia as in many other countries at least they are being proactive.
13:46 June 16, 2009 by eZee.se
@JonnyDee, of course... downloading music hurts rich important people, child porn only hurts these stupid kids who should have known better anyway.

Least thats the logic of the cartels.

I hope these sick b@st@rds get some proper sentences instead of Swedish-slap-on-the-wrists community service and a few months. Personally would be happy if they lock them up and throw away the key because its _very_ unlikely these sickos will change even when they are released.
22:49 June 16, 2009 by procrustes
Well over 90% of all CP readily available on the net has been at the same site names and addresses for years.

If law enforcement and ISPs cooperate it is next to impossible to be anonymous--in some cases it may be possible to encrypt connection contents but the connection endpoints are known. If a site containing illegal material or links to illegal material is made, it's logged and you are known.

Why are these sites allowed to stay online?

If nearly all of the available material can be eliminated, why isn't it?

When is the last time you heard/read about servers and webmasters being arrested?

I don't know the answers to these questions, but someone should be asking them. The appearance is that law enforcement is only wishing to appear as doing something. If so, why?

In these situations the culprit is never the police agencies--it's always much higher.
23:18 June 16, 2009 by Nemesis
I agree. Anyone hosting child porn should be tracked down. personally I would prefer something more severe than the police, but the police should be arresting gthese people.

Regarding the raid. Well done to the police on that one.

I hope these people never see the light of day again.
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