Brazil: Feds Launch Three Launch Child Abuse Operations


The Brazilian Federal Police launched “Operation Ponto-Ponto” with the objective of combating the spread of images containing child pornography on the Internet. Five search and seizure warrants were being served in the cities of Maceió and Palmeira dos Índios.

Operation Ponto-Ponto

The investigations indicate that Internet users in the State of Alagoas have used file-sharing programs to download photos and videos containing scenes of child pornography, while making these files available to other users of the large network.

During the execution of the warrants, a man was caught red-handed for possessing, in his equipment, video files containing pornographic scenes involving children or adolescents. Other computers were also seized, which will also be apprehended.

The PF clarifies that possessing and making available photo and video files containing pornographic scenes of children or adolescents constitute crimes foreseen in the Statute of the Child and Adolescent, with penalties ranging from 1 to 6 years in prison.

Operation Persuasion

The Federal Police, with assistance from the US Immigration and Customs Enforcement, also launched “Operation Persuasion” on Friday, aimed at repressing crimes related to the dissemination of images containing child pornography through the internet.

Federal police officers serve two search and seizure warrants and a pretrial injunction, all issued by the 35th Federal Court of Justice of Belo Horizonte / MG.

The investigation began in February of this year, after receiving information from the US Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) in the US, which passed the information to the PF, through reports containing extensive materiality of the crimes. Under US law, US-based companies are required to report to the government incidents related to the dissemination or storage of child pornographic material on the Internet. Thus, numerous cases were reported that indicated possible sexual abuse and child pornography, in theory, practiced by the investigated resident in the city of Oliveira / MG.

The investigative work pointed out that the man would have used false profiles to persuade children and teenagers to send nude photos over the internet. To convince the minors, the investigated created some characters with fake profiles. He would have gone through a female teenager to talk to the kids. He would also have been a teenager who wanted to take part in a selection process to play football in Europe, persuading teenage candidates to send nude photos for a physical test at a distance. During the investigation, it was pointed out that the inmate would have been an employee of a famous social network company to persuade parents or guardians to send naked pictures of their own children to one of the false profiles, claiming that the photos would be used to prevent others from being sent and sent by their own children to be disseminated on the internet. The identification of false profiles was possible through cooperation of the social networking company itself, which assisted in the investigations. The investigations proceed with the audit of the persons involved, as well as the carrying out of expertise in the seized materials.

The accused will be responsible for the crimes provided for in articles 240, 241-A and 241-B of the Statute of the Child and Adolescent, with sentences that may reach 18 years in prison. He was sent to Floramar prison, where he will remain at the disposal of the Federal Court.

The name of the Operation alludes to the fact that the investigated uses several means to persuade the victims to send photos through the worldwide network of computers.

Operation Innocence

Earlier this month, the Federal Police launched “Operation Innocence,” aimed at repressing crimes related to child pornography through the internet. About 60 federal police are being executed 12 search and seizure warrants, issued by the Federal Justice in the cities of Natal, Parnamirim, Mossoró, Acari and Apodi.

To date, five suspects have been arrested in the act of committing a felony conviction that files containing child pornography were found on their computers at the time of the search. Other prisons may occur throughout the day.

The detainees will be responsible for crimes of production, reproduction, registration, offer, exchange, publication and transmission of pornographic images and videos involving children and adolescents. The penalty for these crimes ranges from 3 to 8 years in prison.

The Corregedoria of the Secretariat of Justice and Citizenship of the RN accompanied one of the searches in the face of possible involvement of the prison system server in the facts investigated.