German Police Tracking Up to 30,000 Suspects in Child Porn Raids

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A “large contingent” of German police, including a number of special tactical units, conducted coordinated nationwide raids on Tuesday in an effort to stem the production and distribution of child pornography.

Authorities say that “four individuals sustained minor injuries,” in the raids, which took place in 12 of Germany’s 16 states.

The raids were announced by the Cologne City Prosecutor’s Office, which said that the authorities had seized materials, such as mobile devices and computer hard drives. The items were already being analyzed. Prosecutors say they will make a public statement on Wednesday morning.

‘Snowballing’ investigation

The raids grew out of an ongoing investigation that began in October 2019, and focused on a man in the western German city of Bergisch Gladbach. The man, a cook and hotelier in the city, is currently on trial for different 79 crimes, many linked to the sexual abuse of his own young daughter. The man recorded his crimes on his smartphone and distributed them to a wide network of individuals.

DW

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