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Police bust child porn ring with 'torture' plans

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Police bust child porn ring with 'torture' plans
A year-long National Police investigation into online child porn uncovered plans to kidnap, torture and kill children. File photo: Dominique Faget/AFP
11:21 CEST+02:00
Spanish police have arrested eight people involved in an online child pornography network whose members were allegedly planning to kidnap, torture and murder their victims.

The operation by Spain's National Police force began a year ago and came to a head on Sunday when eight people were arrested.

Four were immediately imprisoned.

The arrests came after a police investigation into the sharing of pornographic material led to the discovery of conversations between the network's members in which they described sexual abuses they had committed.

They group's members also spoke about kidnapping children to submit them to 'sadistic practices', according to a police statement released on Monday.

Police uncovered the paedophiles' plans to target local children but also found that they discussed the possibility of bringing in children from abroad.

Three Spanish children were determined to be in immediate peril.

The network's members planned to use the children in orgies, imprison them in inhuman conditions, and to drug them before committing sexual abuses so that they would be unable to clearly remember what had happened.

The police sting targeting the group involved 50 officers across the country.

Raids led to the arrest of eight people aged between 25 and 50 in La Coruña, Pontevedra, Madrid, Gijón and Malaga.

Those detained have been charged with intention to commit murder, sexual assault, molestation, corruption of minors, human trafficking, and possession of child pornography.

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