56 men arrested in Spanish child pornography bust
Spanish police have arrested 56 men accused of possessing and distributing pornographic photos and videos of children, Reuters reported, citing the Interior Ministry on Thursday.
The men, some of whom were repeat offenders, all lived in Spain and were between 40 and 60 years old. They used an online file-sharing ring which disseminated caches of pornographic material featuring the sexual abuse or exploitation of minors, the police said.
Over 150 police officers and 46 investigating magistrates took part in the operation carried out in 28 of Spain's 50 provinces.
Police said they searched 59 homes and seized over 170 computer hard drives, as well as 614 CDs and DVDs, which contained pornographic images.
The 18-month police operation covered the entire country.
The authorities are examining the material to see if any of the men who were detained sexually abused minors themselves.