The public assists in fight against child porn

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The National Crime Investigation Service in Norway (Kripos) has since New Year’s started to investigate 400 leads regarding child pornography after being tipped-off by the public.

Six investigators are working around the clock to find the persons behind the circulation of child pornography. Kripos has received about 1000 tips from the public after Kripos opened up for an anonymous tip service on their Internet site.

«We are investigating 400 of the leads,» said Arne Huuse, head of Kripos.

International collaboration
Ten of the tips have already resulted in filing of formal complaints, and there will most likely be more to come as six investigators are working around the clock to investigate who produce, sell and buy child pornography, not only in Norway, but abroad as well.

«Most of the photographic material we have found so far is from abroad,» Huuse said. «But our attitude is that it is not only important to find the possible buyers in Norway, but also the perpetrator and the victim. In order to take care of problem, we need to work closely international colleagues.»

Norwegian buyers
Even though, the problem seems to be bigger abroad, there is still a lot of child pornography in Norway, according to Huuse.

«There are a high number of buyers of such photos in Norway,» Huuse said to TV 2 Nettavisen. «These are criminal offences.»

He said it is positive that people are sending in tips, and he is not surprised by the number.

«If many had really seen some of these pictures, I think the stream of tip-offs would have been even bigger because it is so grotesque and horrible to see,» Huuse stated.

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