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Spanish police arrest 81 people in child pornography raid

A country-wide crackdown on child pornography has led to the arrest of 81 men in Spain. Authorities said that specialized agents called "cyber-patrols" were used to uncover the perpetrators online.

According to Spanish police, at least 81 men were arrested across the country on Saturday in one of the country's largest raids on child pornography in years.

Police said that two minors and two mentally disabled were also arrested.

The men are suspected of exchanging pornographic content of children, including photographs and videos.

More than 300 police were used in the country-wide raid across 28 provinces. Police also seized computers and cameras at the suspects' residences.

The investigation was led by "cyber-patrols" who uncovered dozens of people online exchanging the illicit material, at times using peer-to-peer networks.

'Harsh images'

"The agents are continuing to analyze the material seized to determine if there had been crimes of producing child pornography, sexual abuse of minors or connection with pedophiles," Spanish police said in a statement.

Police added that "some of the images seized by police are extremely harsh and show sadism and bestiality."

In 2008, Spanish

police detained more than 120 people

in a single operation against child pornography.

ls/ (AFP, EFE)

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