Migration and Home Affairs

Major crackdown agaist child sex abuse

Law enforcement agencies from 26 European countries, supported and coordinated by Europol, have carried out a major operation against online child sex abuse file-sharing networks. Operation Icarus has helped to identify 269 suspects and arrest 112 suspects so far, spread across 22 countries. Investigations are ongoing and more arrests are expected.

"The joint action carried out under Europol coordination shows our commitment to backing the fight against this appalling crime. It highlights the importance of cooperation between law enforcement authorities at European and international level to tackle criminal activities that know no borders. We will continue to use all the tools at our disposal, including the recently adopted EU directive on the fight against pedo-pornography, sexual abuse and exploitation of minors, to support efforts to combat these horrendous crimes and to help protect our children", Cecilia Malmström said at the occasion.

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Friday, 16 December, 2011