Police crack international child porn ring

The Czech police have cracked down on an international child pornography ring, a police spokeswoman said. Three Czech and Ukrainian nationals have been arrested and charged with producing and selling child pornography; another four people have been detained in Spain, France, Sweden and Canada. The police say the men, operating from a house in Červený Kostelec, east Bohemia, abused at least 70 children and minors aged between seven and 18 under the guise of shooting commercials; they then sold the material to paid online sites and private clients abroad. The police have also tracked down transactions amounting to 15 million crowns. If convicted, three of the men face up to 12 years in jail while the main organizer, a 57-year-old Czech, could land a 15-year term.