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CBI detains 10 in crackdown on child porn, role of foreign nationals revealed

News Agencies | Updated on: 17 November 2021, 9:16 IST

The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) on Tuesday detained ten people for their alleged involvement in circulating, storing and viewing Child Sexual Exploitation Material (CSEM) through various social media platforms/groups during nationwide searches in 14 states, sources informed.

As per initial information collected, the CBI, in a press release, said that there are more than 50 groups having more than 5000 offenders sharing child sexual abuse material. Many of these groups also have the involvement of foreign nationals.


"It is initially learnt that there may be involvement of nationals of around 100 countries spread across various continents," CBI said.

As per the CBI press release, the agency conducted searches at around 77 locations in 14 states in connection with 23 separate cases registered against 83 accused on November 14 as part of a nationwide coordinated crackdown on crimes related to online child sexual abuse material.

"It was alleged that various syndicates of individuals based in different parts of India and foreign countries were indulging in circulating, storing and viewing Child Sexual Exploitation Material (CSEM) through various social media platforms/groups," CBI said.

"It was also alleged that persons were disseminating CSEM by way of sharing links, videos, pictures, texts, posts and hosting of such content on social media groups/platforms and third-party storage/hosting platforms," it added.

As per the release, a number of electronic gadgets/mobiles/laptops etc. have been recovered during searches so far. It is revealed that some individuals were involved in the trading of CSEM material.

CBI is coordinating with sister agencies through formal and informal channels.

Searches and development of further leads are underway.

(ANI)

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First published: 17 November 2021, 9:16 IST
 
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