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SAPS, FBI and Belgium in child pornography crackdown

MARCH 20, 2015
SAPS, FBI and Belgium in child pornography crackdown

The South African Police Service (SAPS) and the US’ Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) have been joined by Belgian authorities in a child pornography crackdown that has already seen three suspects from the Eastern Cape appearing in court.

Last week, the FBI and the SAPS arrested a known businessman who owns guesthouses in Grahamstown and Port Alfred, as part of an international investigation involving the US’ FBI into a child porn ring that allegedly had its roots in South Africa.

The Grahamstown businessman, an alleged kingpin  in the international syndicate, was granted R40 000 bail after appearing in the Grahamstown High Court on Thursday.

The FBI are seeking his extradition to the United States where several people have been arrested for the possession, manufacture and distribution of child pornography.

In another breakthrough, a Port Elizabeth couple was arrested when they were allegedly found in possession of child porn.

The 33-year-old man and 22-year-old woman have since been released on bail but will be back in court next month.

Police’s Solomon Makgale said they’d been working closely with international authorities to track down the syndicate.

“The team is working with various international policing agencies such as the FBI. They’ve made a number of significant arrests, the latest one being a couple in Port Elizabeth. They have been released on bail and will appear again on 24 April.”

Police found 124 USBs, two cameras and believed these items contained child pornography which they were distributing.

Meanwhile, a man from Plettenberg Bay was apprehended last month after Belgian police traced pornography they found on another man in Antwerp back to him.