Madeleine McCann detectives uncover Spanish child porn network


19th January 2009

A child pornography network operating in Spain has been exposed by detectives searching for Madeleine McCann

Detectives hunting for Madeleine McCann have exposed a child pornography network operating in Spain, it was revealed today.

Thirteen people have been arrested in a police operation sparked by the search for the missing youngster.

Barcelona-based private detectives Metodo 3 were hired by Gerry and Kate McCann to help find Madeleine six months after she vanished.

Three months into their investigation they received an anonymous email saying the toddler appeared in a child porn video being distributed on the Internet.

The team, lead by agency director Francisco Marco, tracked down the images but discovered Madeleine did not appear among them.

They reported their finding´s to Spain´s National Police who launched an operation to hunt down the paedophiles distributing the videos.

Armed police launched a series of raids across Spain last month and arrested 13 people. Ten more are being formally investigated by a judge at a Barcelona court, who is overseeing the police operation.

Father-of-two Marco, 36, said videos were 'the worst images I have seen in my life.'

He added: 'In the video all the victims are under ten years old. I am satisfied to have taken out of circulation more than 20 paedophiles, and those who will be arrested in the future.'

The detective said his team has found similar images in the hunt for Madeleine which will lead to further arrests.

El Mundo newspaper said the videos were being distributed by the network p2p and the file sharing programmes Gnuteklla and eDonkey2000.

Police sources said the video showed dozens of young children, mostly girls, being sexually abused.

The Spanish paedophiles were allowing other Internet users around the globe access to the videos.

Police seized five home computers, three laptops, 47 hard drives, 133 DVDs and CDs, a digital camera, two video cameras and a photo album showing hundreds of child porn pictures.

Madeleine was days short of her fourth birthday when she went missing on a family holiday in Praia da Luz, Portugal, in May 2007.

Madeleine (pictured with her brother and sister) has been missing since May 2007

Parents Gerry and Kate McCann, both doctors from Rothley, Leics, hired Metodo 3 in August at a reported cost of £50,000 a month financed by their multi-millionaire backer Brian Kennedy.

Mr Marco was criticised after making a string of boasts about his team´s ability to find Madeleine.

In November 2007 he promised he would locate the missing youngster before the firm´s six month contract expired.

And the following month he sensationally claimed he knew who kidnapped Madeleine - and hoped to reunite her with her parents for Christmas.

Metodo 3´s six month contract ran out in January 2008 but they have continued to work on the Madeleine investigation along with fresh teams hired by the McCanns.

They have investigated possible sightings of Madeleine as far afield as Chile, Morocco and Bosnia.

Source: Daily Mail online (Apparently old regurgitated news for some reason)
Related links: Joana Morais: McCanns and Metodo 3: The Spanish Connection?
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