Some 2,600 police officers deployed across 24 of Brazil’s 26 states and the capital to serve 578 arrest and search warrants related to online sexual exploitation of children and adolescents. Security Minister Raul Jungmann said the operation was even “the biggest in the world to be carried out in a single day.” „ We will not stop here,” he promised. Police detained people they said were in possession of or were sharing child pornography. Those detained were part of a ring that shared pornographic images of children through computers and mobile phones.They had “considerable quantities” of electronic files containing images of child pornography in their possession, said Alessandro Barreto, coordinator of the cybercrimes lab at the secretariat.
The files contained disturbing images of babies and young children being abused. Investigators analyzed more than 1 million files in order to identify the targets of Thursday’s operation. American authorities shared with Brazilian investigators tools and methods for identifying such files online. Public Security Minister Raul Jungmann said the men arrested in the operation faced charges of sexual exploitation of children and adolescents. A previous operation in last October against online child pornography led to the arrest of 112 people.