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Current affairs  Published 05.07.2012
Text by: Aaron Grunwald

Child porn raids

Justice: An investigation begun by the Police Grand-Ducale has led to hundreds of alleged pedophiles being caught in more than 100 countries.

Child porn raids Photo(s) : Etienne Delorme (archives)

In March 2011, an inquiry was launched after Luxembourg’s criminal investigations service received information that online child pornography was being hosted by a server located in the Grand Duchy, the Police Grand-Ducale and Luxembourg public prosecutor’s office said in a joint statement on Wednesday.

An investigating magistrate then ordered the server to be seized and examined. The police were able to collect IP addresses--a unique identification number for each internet connection--from the server and identify a large number of internet users in 141 countries who had reportedly downloaded child pornography, the Cité Judiciaire authorities said.

Luxembourg’s police and public prosecutor said the fight against child pornography would continue, but did not disclose information about investigations in other countries.

However Austria’s federal police said information provided by the Grand Duchy had led to 272 suspects being identified, the AP news service reported. All were male, ranged in age from 17 to 70, and included some school teachers.

Austrian police claim that all of the suspects were found with paedophilic material in their possession, and that they could prove two of the suspects had carried out actual abuse themselves, the AFP news service said.

Keywords:   Police Grand-Ducale, investigation, Parquet de Luxembourg, police, child abuse, paedophilia, crime, Cité Judiciaire

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