Polish police arrest 56 in Internet child porn raids
Polish police said Wednesday they had arrested 56 people in the latest of a series of Internet child pornography swoops.
Magdalena Zielinska, spokeswoman for the police in the central Polish city of Lodz which steered the operation, told AFP investigators had identified 65 addresses from which child pornography was distributed.
"A nationwide operation on Tuesday enabled the arrest of 56 people suspected of involvement," she said.
Several people have already been charged and others questioned as witnesses, she said. Police also seized dozens of computers, CD-ROMs, DVDs and memory cards.
Three weeks ago, Polish police had arrested 78 people in a similar nationwide operation and warned that further raids were likely.
They acted on a tip-off from Austrian police via Europol, the European Union agency that helps the bloc's 27 member nations exchange information on criminal suspects.
Thirty-five people were snared in another crackdown in January.
Several hundred people have been arrested in Poland in recent years in raids against child pornography networks which have often been part of Europe-wide police operations.
The possession and distribution of child pornography in Poland carries a prison term of eight years.