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By : Eko Prasetyo & Bayu Marhaenjati | on 6:23 PM March 15, 2017
Category : News, Crime

Police Uncover Child Porn Group on Facebook

Jakarta. Jakarta police have arrested four people who allegedly have been running a child pornography group on Facebook.

Cybercrime investigators said the private Facebook group is called the "Official Candy’s Group."

The investigators gained access into a member's account and infiltrated the group, resulting in the capture of four people, two of whom are underaged.

The police released their names as 27-year-old Wawan a.k.a. Snorlax, 24-year-old Illu Inaya a.k.a. DS, 17-year-old DF a.k.a. TK or DY and 16-year-old SHDW.

The group has more than 7,000 members since it was created in 2016. Administrators and members post videos and images of child molestation in the group.

"We will continue to track more members of the group. We've only caught four suspects so far, two of them had committed acts of pedophilia. The suspects have connection to an international child pornography ring," Jakarta Police Chief Insp. Gen. M. Iriawan said in Jakarta on Tuesday (14/03).

The police are working with other state agencies and also with the United States' Federal Bureau of Investigation to probe further into the case.

According to their investigation, people who want to join the group have to send a link to child pornography content before they can be admitted as members.

Some of them record themselves committing sexual acts with children and then upload the video to the group. People who upload content to the group receive around Rp 15,000 ($1.50) in virtual money for every click.

Seto Mulyadi, chairman of the Indonesian Child Protection Agency (LPAI), said the state must act swiftly against the group to ensure a safe environment for children.

"Children are the best imitators. They are products of their environment. We need a child-friendly environment, not one filled with deviants," Seto said on Wednesday.

Watch Indonesia Highlights at 8 p.m. tonight on the Jakarta Globe News Channel and Facebook Live to find out more about the ongoing case.

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