Dozens questioned in Nordic child porn raid

Police in four Nordic countries carried out a join action on Tuesday morning to break up a suspected child pornography ring.

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.

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

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