INTERNATIONAL CHILD PORN KING

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INTERNATIONAL CHILD PORN KING
5 S’pore computers involved: German Interpol
By Liew Hanqing and Han Yongming
July 10, 2009

FIVE computers in Singapore were used to download obscene videos and images from a child pornography network involving about 9,000 people in more than 90 countries.

Mr Horst Haug, a spokesman for the state office of criminal investigation of the State of Baden-Württemberg in Germany, told The New Paper that Interpol Germany had informed Interpol Singapore of its findings last November.

Mr Haug said no information was yet available on the five computers here.

He said: ‘All we know is that the material had been distributed peer to peer.’

A Singapore police spokesman could not respond to The New Paper’s queries by press time.

In April, the German media reported that German police had broken up the child pornography network, which had distributed the obscene material to several European countries, as well as the US, Canada and New Zealand.

BBC News reported that the footage contained ‘images of the most serious sexual abuse’.

And in extensive raids across Germany, beginning last year, about 500 computers and 43,000 storage devices were seized, and some arrests were made.

Most of the suspects were released while investigations were carried out, but one man in his 40s was arrested on suspicion of sexually abusing two children in his family, police told BBC News.

Investigators told the German media that they were able to monitor the suspects’ online activity round the clock with the help of special software.

The Films Act and the Undesirable Publications Act prohibit the possession of obscene materials, which includes pornography.

If convicted, each obscene video clip could result in an individual being jailed up to six months, fined $500, or both – with a maximum of $20,000 in fines.

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