Spanish police say that dozens of members of a child abuse WhatsApp group have been arrested across 11 countries, BBC News reports.
Police in Spain say that arrests were made in 11 countries across three continents, with 17 of the arrests made in Spain. Many of those arrested or being investigated in Spain are themselves under 18, including a 15-year-old boy.
The members reportedly used the WhatsApp group chat to share images of child abuse and other violent content.
Police said the group shared “paedophilic content, sometimes of extreme severity, together with other content that was legal but was not suitable for minors because of their extreme nature.”
Some group members had even created “stickers,” small digital images that are easily shared, of children being abused. The operation was conducted with the help of Europol, Interpol, and police in Ecuador and Costa Rica.
The operation will now focus on identifying the children depicted in the chat.