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Police raid over 30 homes in anti-child porn operation

Czech police raid over 30 homes and seize some 60 computers in a crackdown against child pornography

Rank and file officers and criminal detectives raided over 30 homes in 12 of the 14 Czech regions on Tuesday, the news agency ČTK reported Wednesday citing Police Presidium spokeswoman Pavla Kopecká. According to her, careful planning went into the nationwide operation “Tábor” — literally meaning “camp” — which is also the name of an historic Czech town.

Over 60 computers were confiscated in the raids and detectives are reportedly preparing charges not only for the distribution but also the production of child pornography.   

Over 70 police from regional police headquarters and local forces conducted the operation. “For the most part they were experts on moral crimes and cyber crime,” Kopecká told the agency.

Kopecká said the operation was launched following a tipoff from personnel at the police headquarters for the Karlovy Vary region. “When performing their duties they came across a very wide network through which child pornography was distributed,” she said.

Police say that so far they have 10 suspects but the number could rise. The report did not state whether any suspects had been remanded in custody or charged, nor was there information about how long the operation was in the planning, nor about the nationality of the suspects.