The Central Bureau of Investigation has arrested a resident of Jammu & Kashmir after registering a case under various sections of Information & Technology (IT) Act and POCSO Act, 2012, for allegedly running online child sexual abuse racket from India and targeting minors living in the USA.
Officials in the agency said the arrest was made as part of an ongoing probe in the case. The agency in its FIR has further alleged that the accused uploaded the pornographic videos and images over the dark web for financial gains and also involved in direct communication with many minors in the USA.
“His wife is living in Washington, USA. The accused was allegedly operating through his wife, who had agreed to be involved in a Master-Slave relationship with the accused and on his direction she allegedly exploited multiple minors, recorded these abuses and electronically sent the same to him,” a senior CBI official said.
It is also alleged that when the victims refused to follow his dictate, the accused shared these videos and images with their family members, the official added.
Searches were conducted at the premises of accused at Srinagar which led to recovery of incriminating digital evidences including 3 laptops, 5 mobiles, pen drives, hand written notes etc, the agency official said.
“CBI regularly coordinates with international law enforcement agencies to detect and investigate sexual abuse of minors, especially in the cyber space and also reaffirms its commitment towards promoting cooperation with US Law Enforcement Agencies in combating child sexual abuse in cyber space,” a spokesperson of the agency said.
CBI had recently traced and arrested a resident of district Chitrakoot in Uttar Pradesh on the allegations of sexually abusing over 50 children. The agency had then claimed that during searches, a number of material evidences including mobile phones, laptops, web-camera, electronic storage devices, Pen Drives/Memory Cards, several sex toys, emails etc. were recovered.