RIO DE JANEIRO, July 27 (Xinhua) -- Twenty people were arrested as Brazil launched a major operation against the sexual abuse of children and child pornography on the Internet, police said on Tuesday.
The Operation Persian Rug was carried out in 54 cities in nine states and the Federal District. Some 400 police officers have been sent to serve 81 arrest warrants for people suspected of distributing child pornography and of child abuse.
Among the arrested are at least two elders, a minor and a military police colonel. Sao Paulo has the highest number of arrests so far during the operation, said Stenio Santos Souza, chief of the Federal Police's Special Division on Hate Crimes and Child Pornography on the Internet.
Back in January 2009, the German police uncovered an international network of child pornographers with connections in Brazil during a major crackdown, which led to the Brazilian operation.