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12 men nabbed for sharing child porn on FB

Twelve men were detained for questioning by the Judiciary Police (PJ) on Monday for sharing a child porn video on Facebook, and 10 of them admitted to committing the crime.

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UPDATED: 22 Dec 2023, 5:44 am

Twelve men were detained for questioning by the Judiciary Police (PJ) on Monday for sharing a child porn video on Facebook, and 10 of them admitted to committing the crime, PJ spokesman Cheong Kam Fai said during a special press conference on Tuesday.

The 12 suspects are Nepali nationals aged between 23 and 47. Among them, 11 are security guards and one is a 27-year-old prison guard.

According to Cheong, the Judiciary Police received a notice from Interpol on 11 August that some people in Macao were suspected of sharing a child porn video on Facebook between April and May.

PJ officers discovered that some people were sharing a two-minute-29-second-long video of an underage foreign girl having oral sex and sexual intercourse with a man. PJ officers later identified the 12 suspects’ occupation and addresses. The officers went to two security companies where the suspects work and flats where they live in the city centre and the northern district on Monday morning, and took them in for questioning. PJ officers also seized 12 smartphones that were allegedly used to share the child porn video, according to Cheong.

According to Cheong, 10 of the 12 male suspects admitted to committing the crime and claimed that the video had been received through Facebook Messenger and then forwarded to their friends. The other two suspects refused to cooperate. However, according to information reported by Interpol, it is confirmed that they are also involved in the case.

Cheong said that based on the background and people involved in the video, it is believed that the video was filmed outside Macao. The suspects shared the video with compatriots and friends in Macao, and therefore the video was widely circulated. Cheong said PJ officers would continue to investigate other possible child porn videos being circulated in Macao and those who filmed the videos.

The suspects were transferred to the Public Prosecutions Office (MP) on Tuesday, facing child pornography charges, according to Cheong.

Meanwhile, the Correctional Service Bureau (DSC) said in a statement on Tuesday that the bureau was highly concerned about the case and deeply regretted a Nepalese prison guard’s suspected involvement in the “crime of pornographic material involving a minor”.

The statement pointed out that an internal disciplinary investigation procedure has also been launched so that the perpetrator will be held disciplinarily accountable in accordance with the law. Any staff member who breaches the law or regulations faces the full weight of the law, the statement said.

Tuesday’s case is the second of its kind involving non-resident workers from Nepal. On 24 August, 11 Nepalis were detained for questioning by the Judiciary Police for sharing a two-minute-29-second-long video child porn video on Facebook, and seven of them admitted to committing the crime, a PJ spokesman told the media at that time.

Informed sources told the Macau Post Daily last night that the video in the two cases is the same one.

(The Macau Post Daily/Macau News)
PHOTO © The Macau Post Daily/Iong Tat Choi

UPDATED: 22 Dec 2023, 5:44 am

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