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Brazil detains over 100 in large-scale anti-pedophile operations

Brazilian army soldiers patrol the Rocinha favela in Rio de Janeiro on October 11, 2017. (Photo by AFP)

Brazilian police said Friday they have arrested over 100 people connected to an internet pedophile ring in an operation conducted alongside US authorities.

More than 1,100 agents took part in what federal police said was “one of the biggest operations in the world.”

Searches were conducted across 24 states and the capital Brasilia -- almost the entire country.

“Suspects were caught red handed with pornographic material of a pedophile nature seized from their computers or mobile phones,” a spokesman for the justice ministry told AFP.

More arrests could come, he said.

The raids followed a six-month investigation also involving the US embassy in Brazil and US immigration authorities.

(Source: AFP)

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