Child pornography: Men arrested with thousands of videos

Deepak Gupta July 14, 2022
Updated 2022/07/14 at 3:19 PM

Pornography of minors was a crime in Portugal and, in recent times, there have been several cases registered. Recently, the Judiciary Police (PJ) announced the arrest of two men, aged 39 and 37, residing in the Beja area and also in Olhão, in the Faro district, on suspicion of child pornography.

According to the information, the men were arrested with thousands of videos and images of pornography of minors.

The Judiciary Police, through the Directorate of the South, arrested two men, 39 and 37 years old, for the crime of pornography of minors.

Within the scope of investigations, which originated in diligence carried out by the Judiciary Police and communication from an international organization, house searches were carried out in the area of ​​Beja and Olhão, which culminated in the arrest of two suspects, reveals the PJ in a statement.

After performing computer searches on the various equipment, thousands of videos/images containing pornography of minors were identified, in which young children participate in explicit sexual acts with adults, suspecting that part of this material may have been shared with third parties even unidentified.

Several devices were seized, namely computers, external disks and mobile phone. The investigation continues with a view to fully clarifying the facts and identifying other possible suspects of child pornography.

The detainees will be presented to the competent judicial authorities for a first judicial interrogation and application of the coercive measures considered appropriate, considering that it is a crime of pornography of minors.

Child pornography crime

In Portugal it is part of a crime of pornography of minors:

1 - Who:

  • a) Using a minor in a pornographic show or enticing him for that purpose;
  • b) Using a minor in pornographic photography, film or recording, regardless of its support, or enticing him for that purpose;
  • c) Produce, distribute, import, export, disseminate, display, assign or make available, in any capacity or by any means, the materials provided for in the previous paragraph;
  • d) Acquire, hold or host materials provided for in paragraph b) with the purpose of distributing, importing, exporting, disseminating, displaying or assigning them;

It is punished with imprisonment from one to five years.

  • 2 - Whoever practices the acts described in the previous number professionally or with the intention of making a profit is punished with imprisonment from one to eight years.
  • 3 - Whoever commits the acts described in subparagraphs a) and b) of paragraph 1 using violence or serious threat is punished with imprisonment from 1 to 8 years.
  • 4 - Whoever performs the acts described in subparagraphs c) and d) of paragraph 1 using pornographic material with a realistic representation of a minor is punished with imprisonment for up to two years.
  • 5 - Whoever intentionally acquires, holds, accesses, obtains or facilitates access, through a computer system or any other means, to the materials referred to in subparagraph b) of paragraph 1 is punished with imprisonment for up to 2 years.
  • 6 - Whoever, in person or through a computer system or by any other means, being of age, watches, facilitates or provides access to a pornographic show involving the participation of minors is punished with imprisonment for up to 3 years.
  • 7 - Whoever practices the acts described in paragraphs 5 and 6 with the intention of making a profit is punished with imprisonment for up to 5 years.
  • 8 - For the purposes of this article, any material that, for sexual purposes, represents minors involved in sexually explicit behaviors, real or simulated, or contains any representation of their sexual organs or another part of their body, is considered pornographic.
  • 9 - The attempt is punishable.

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