10 arrested in Brazil Internet child sex crackdown

Times of India
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BRASILIA: Brazilian authorities arrested 10 people on Monday as part of a broad nationwide crackdown on child pornography on the popular
Google-run Orkut social networking website.

Some 400 federal agents were mobilized in Brasilia and 20 other states across the country, including in the largest cities Rio de Janeiro and Sao Paulo, seizing hundreds of CDs, DVDS and computers containing pornographic material, police said.

In total, 92 warrants for arrests and searches were issued by justice officials, and police on Monday carried out 50 of them.

The operation was conducted on suspect users of the Google-run social networking website Orkut, which is wildly popular throughout in the South American country, especially among young people.

Orkut claims 26.5 million users in Brazil, accounting for more than half of its global reach.

For its operation police said they accessed the private data of 3,267 Internet users suspected of possessing or distributing child pornography.

It was the first action taken by Brazilian authorities since an agreement last year between Brasilia and Google to combat crimes committed on Orkut.