Dec 10, 2019

Members of child abuse WhatsApp group arrested in 11 countries

Spanish police say 33 people have been arrested globally in connection with a WhatsApp group for images of child sex abuse and other violent content. Arrests were made in 11 different countries across three continents, but the majority - 17 - were in Spain. In Uruguay, police arrested two people - one of whom was a mother who abused her daughter and sent images of this to the group. In another case, a 29-year-old man was arrested for not only downloading the images, but also encouraging other group members to make contact with young girls - particularly migrants who would be unlikely to go to the police. Some group members had even created "Stickers" - small digital images that are easily shared, similar to emojis - of children being abused.

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