2004 Ukrainian child pornography raids

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The 2004 Ukrainian child pornography raids occurred in July 2004, when police in Ukraine raided a softcore child pornography ring operating in the cities of Kiev, Kharkiv and Simferopol.[1] The ring had operated since 2001, and used a modeling agency as a front.[1] Although some models were of legal age—18+—approximately 1,500 girls aged from 8 to 16 were said to have been to the agency. Erotic materials produced by the agency were distributed over the Internet to various countries.

The agency, known as Ukrainian Angels Studio, streamed on the web, was called LS (Lolita Studio) Models and had a number of different domains, such as LS Island, LS Magazine, Lolitas on Holiday, LS Dreams and a series of sites under the LS Land moniker.

The Crime Investigation Department of the Ministry for the Interior conducted the raids. The deputy head of the department, Vitaly Yarema, said that the bank accounts of the agency, containing hundreds of thousands of dollars, had been frozen.[1] Ukrainian Angels Studios actually began work much earlier, around 1999 or 2000. It split in 2001 into two separate outlets, LS and BD. BD had its own series of photos and videos which lasted until 2004. Many of the models went to other studios, none lasting more than a year. The last known groups were Karina World and Pink-Teens. Both closed in 2007. They featured former LS Models, now of legal age (over 18).

The raids were conducted after a joint investigation between Ukrainian police and Interpol. In 2005 the United States Department of State announced that there was further cooperation between Ukrainian police and other law enforcement agencies internationally.[2]

The investigation following the raids was completed by 6 April 2005.[3]

Two leaders of the agency were taken into custody but have since been released.[citation needed] Most of the parents of the girls refused to press charges.

References

  1. ^ a b c "Police Shut Ukraine Model Agency in Porn Crackdown". Reuters. 28 July 2004. Archived from the original on 10 August 2004. 
  2. ^ "2005 Country Report on Human Rights Practices in Ukraine". United States Department of State. 2005. Archived from the original on 7 April 2006. Retrieved 7 April 2006. 
  3. ^ "Criminal group involves 1,500 underage Ukrainian girls in porn business with parents' knowledge". Pravda Online. 6 April 2005. Archived from the original on 18 October 2007. 

External links

  • "Police Shut Ukraine Model Agency in Porn Crackdown". Reuters. 28 July 2004. Archived from the original on 10 August 2004. 
  • "A Ukrainian child porn ring exposed". crime-research.org. Computer Crime Research Center. 29 July 2004. Archived from the original on 31 December 2005. Retrieved 4 February 2006. 
  • "Ukrainian child porn ring". crime-research.org. Computer Crime Research Center. 13 August 2004. Archived from the original on 5 January 2006. Retrieved 4 February 2006. 
  • "An Insight Into Child Porn". wikileaks. Wikileaks. February 2002. Retrieved 20 February 2011. 
  • Под видом модельного агентства для детей в Харькове работала порностудия [Pornography studio operated out of Kharkov under disguise of a children modeling agency]. rusawm.com (in Russian). 8 December 2004. Archived from the original on 10 January 2008. Retrieved 5 February 2006. 
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