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The suspects are accused of using the instant messaging service WhatsApp to share sick images of children being sexually abused.
Police arrested 39 suspects as the investigation spanned 18 countries in Europe, North America and South America.
Police in Spain revealed shocking details as they confirmed the abuse victims included babies, toddlers and children as old as eight.
Could not subscribe, try again later Invalid Email Nearly 40 people have been arrested after multiple police agencies on three continents worked together to dismantle Europe’s biggest ever paedophile ring.
Raids were carried out at 19 different locations in Europe with mobile phones, laptops, storage devices, cameras and external hard drivers all being seized.
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Hundreds of the seized images and videos were reportedly shared with Europol and Interpol via its International Child Sexual Exploitation (ICSE) database.
The statement said investigators had discovered 96 WhatsApp groups and 103 distributors in different countries across the globe hosting such content.
Bjorn Sellstrom, Interpol’s operations coordinator, said: “Criminals will continue to exploit new technologies to share videos and images of child abuse around the world at the push of a button.
The probe, launched in mid-2016 by the Spanish police’s cybercrime unit, initially focused on images and videos being shared via Tor, a network where web users are largely anonymous.
The agencies said via press releases that there is an average of five victims still being identified every day using the platform.
EUROPE’S biggest paedophile ring has been smashed by cops
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Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)EUROPE’S biggest paedophile ring has been smashed by cops after swapping hundreds of thousands of child abuse images over Whatsapp.
6 Cops uncovered hundreds of thousands of abuse images dating back two decades6 39 people have been arrested in connection with the massive paedophile ringCops said the sick images revealed abuse of babies and children up to the age of eight subjected to humiliating treatment and brutality.
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6 Cops carried out raids in countries across the world about the Europe-based ring6 Authorities expect to make more arrests after uncovering 96 paedophile Whatsapp groupsCops expect there will be further arrests as they investigate a further 96 paedophile groups discovered on Whatsapp.