Following the arrest of an international group operating from Europe that specialized in the abuse of minors using the internet, another arrest has been made in South Africa. This ring share child pornography online using a software.
A team of the South African Police Service’s Family Violence‚ Child Protection and Sexual Offence (FCS), arrested a Johannesburg man on Thursday for manufacturing, possession and distribution of child pornography.
The young suspect was taken to the Johannesburg Magistrate’s Court shortly after his arrest where he was granted bail of R2‚000. His case is expected to be heard in court by next month.
The 27-year-old man has added to the growing list of suspects arrested for child pornography. This is the result of an ongoing police operation tagged Operation Cloud 9‚ specially formed to investigate the sexual exploitation of children by child pornographers using the internet.
The child pornography carried out by the suspect was revealed after another suspect was arrested in Antwerp, Belgium in 2014 over a similar crime.
During the course of the investigations, it was discovered that the man was only a part of the wider ring made up of 219 individuals worldwide‚ who share child abuse images and child pornography through the use of a software.
“After receiving information from their Belgian colleagues‚ the FCS team investigation finally led them to an address in Meredale in Johannesburg‚ where the suspect was arrested this morning‚” the SAPS said in a statement.
Two laptops‚ three cellular phones and two external hard drives were confiscated by the police during the arrest which could be used for further investigations.
The arrest was made just after one week after Derek Hunter‚ a 39-year-old man from Midrand‚ was convicted by the Alexandra Magistrate’s Court for possession and distribution of child pornography.
Efforts are being made by law enforcement agencies to put a stop to this outrageous crime and protect the future of their innocent victims.