World Bulletin / News Desk
Civil servants, doctors, teachers and lawyers are among 192 suspects detained following a year-long investigation as part of an operation launched by the Ankara Police Department Cyber Crimes Unit against child pornography.
Police raided more than 300 addresses in 49 provinces across the country on order of Ankara Public Prosecutor Adem Can. Hundreds of CDs containing pornographic images and videos were seized in the operation. Police detained 192 suspects, 26 of them from Ankara, in 18 provinces.
Police specializing in cyber crime revealed that most of the suspects belong to an organized crime network dealing in child pornography. The victims are children aged between 9 and 15 years. Members of the organization deceived children with promises to make them stars in TV shows and opened profiles in social media to set traps.
According to a report in the Taraf daily on Sunday, profiles were created under the names of TV stars in order to contact the children. After gaining their trust, suspects attempted to obtain nude or semi-nude photographs of the minors. Suspects may have ascertained the addresses of victims and used the images for the purposes of blackmail. Threatened with the publication of the photographs, children are alleged to have been coerced into sexual intercourse with adults, who in turn provided money to the organization. The images and videos obtained were allegedly used to attract further customers to the network.
Suspects face charges of distributing pornographic images and videos of children over the Internet.
The conduct of the recent operation differs from previous operations, which were typically launched based on intelligence obtained from Europol or Interpol. The recent operation is the result of year-long efforts of the Ankara Public Prosecutor's Office and Ankara Police Department.