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Among suspects are children: child pornography files sent with emojis

2019-10-26T14:57:31.101Z

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Wiesbaden / Frankfurt / Main (dpa) - On suspicion of the transmission of video files that show some serious sexual violence against children, is determined after a raid in eleven states against 21 suspects.

They were between 14 and 26 years old and probably would have shared the videos over the social networks out of a kind of mood and made them liable to prosecution, said the spokesman for the Attorney General Frankfurt, Alexander Badle, the German Press Agency on the state of the investigation ,

The Prosecutor General's Office and the Federal Criminal Police Office (BKA) have observed more frequently in recent months that children, adolescents and young adults share individual video files with clear child pornography content via social networks, according to a statement from the investigating authorities. "The contents of the recordings are often trivialized and sometimes provided with texts and emojis that are perceived as funny." The procedure also deals with prevention. No great pedophile ring had been blown up.

Some of the images were created by so-called cybergrooming attacks. Thus, the preparation of a sexual abuse of children by the approach to the victim, for example, in chats, called. "The personal rights of the victims are significantly violated by the multiple distribution of recordings," warn the authorities.

On one of the video files is the rape of a ten-year-old child in a quarry by two young people to see, probably in Afghanistan. Another was a probable 2014 shot of two American children demonstrating sexual assault and, according to investigators, a cybergrooming attack.

No one was arrested during the raid on suspicion of the third-party acquisition and the possession of child pornographic writings in eleven states. 4 of the 21 suspects each come from Hesse and North Rhine-Westphalia. Two suspects each come from Berlin, Hamburg, Schleswig-Holstein and Lower Saxony and one each from Rhineland-Palatinate, Bavaria, Thuringia, Mecklenburg-Vorpommern and Saxony-Anhalt. Details the investigators want to announce on Monday in the BKA in Wiesbaden.

The Central Office for the Suppression of Cybercrime (ZIT), which is based at the Frankfurt Attorney General's Office, was instrumental in the investigation. It is the first point of contact of the BKA for cybercrime with undeclared competence in Germany and in mass proceedings.

Source: zeit

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