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Norway: 73 charged in child pornography crackdown

December 5, 2013

STAVANGER, Norway (AP) — Norwegian police say they have charged 73 people with child pornography offenses in a nationwide crackdown on an alleged pedophile network.

The National Criminal Investigation Service said Thursday it had staged a series of raids targeting individuals suspected of exchanging videos and images online of children suffering “severe sexual abuse.”

Police said the raids Wednesday targeted suspects living with children and suspects with previous child abuse convictions.

Police spokeswoman Lena Reif hinted many more people are involved in the network, but said investigators prioritized cases where the suspects were considered at “higher risk of being physical abusers.”

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