The US government agency US Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) and Brazilian Ministry of Justice and Public Security (MJSP) made the arrests on USA and South America between November 2 and November 6. The investigations and arrests were made in the context of the seventh phase of the operation Protected Childhood (Operation Protected Childhood-OPC).
OPC VII, which targets distributors and producers of sexual abuse material children across America, was executed in coordination with Cyber Crimes Center (C3) of ICE HSI and partners in Brazil, Argentina, Paraguay, and Panama.
In the United States, HSI offices in Pennsylvania, North Carolina, Tennessee, California, Colorado and Florida have issued 13 child exploitation warrants and made nine arrests for related offenses.
HSI Raleigh (North Carolina) and the Cary (North Carolina) Police Department arrested a suspect on November 6 after receiving a C3 signal that the suspect had posted child sexually explicit material in chat rooms in SOCIAL MEDIA application Who. Subsequent research revealed hundreds of photos of minors, including nude photos of the suspect's children.
A search warrant was issued for another guy in Brownsville, Pennsylvania, following information from Kik Inc that someone had used website to share nude and other obscene photos of children.
In Panama City, Florida, police arrested a suspect when he received information from the agency National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, for sharing inappropriate content through its popular messaging app Facebook, Messenger.
A warrant was also issued for a guy in California who used the Twitter to send photos of children.
These and dozens of other arrests were made as part of OPC VII. The Child Protection Program (OPC) was launched in March 2015 by HSI Brazil in partnership with MJSP Cyber Lab of Brazil in order to become more Investigations into child sexual abuse and exploitation are effective. Since 2017, the program has assisted in 781 criminal arrests and the issuance of 1.383 search and search warrants.
Source: InfoSecurity Magazine