Over 1000 young people charged in Denmark for sharing sex film

Frederick Owens
January 17, 2018

Danish National Police say that more than 1,000 people have been charged with "distribution of child pornography" after using Facebook to circulate revenge porn, or nonconsensual pornography, featuring a subject who was 15 years old at the time of the content's recording.

The case dubbed "Umbrella" was "very large and complex", said Lau Thygesen, another police investigator.

But Danish police said sharing the videos could amount to distributing child pornography, which has a maximum six-year prison sentence.

But she said an incident as big as the Danish case was quite rare.

Around 800 boys and 200 girls, most between the ages of 15 and 20, have been contacted.

After the video was taken, it was spread via the Facebook messenger app, where some of the children shared it hundreds of times.

The videos were shared to Facebook, after which the social media site tipped off authorities.

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A total of 1004 young people have been accused of spreading the explicit material.

In early 2016, three U.S. teens were arrested and accused of involvement in a "sexting" ring that circulated sexually explicit images and videos of other students, sometimes for money.

While this kind of revenge is undoubtedly a condemnable action, whether all those people who hit the "like" and "share" buttons also should be perceived as accomplices is still a matter of debate.

According to the report, the police notified 1,004 people on Monday that they faced preliminary charges, which the police can issue on their own.

If found guilty, the suspects are expected to receive a fine or a 20-day suspended sentence. Upon detecting the circulation of illicit content, the American-based tech company notified US authorities, who then notified authorities in Denmark.

United States authorities in turn notified European police.

The North Zealand police district had the highest number of people charged with 286, followed by Copenhagen (183), Copenhagen's western suburbs (151) and east Jutland (77).

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