India: Engineer arrested for running child pornography racket on Instagram

An engineer who was allegedly running a child pornography racket online since 2019 was arrested by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) in the Indian state of Uttar Pradesh, yesterday.

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According to Indian media reports, the accused, identified as Neeraj Yadav, used to make money through online platforms using content that showed sexual abuse of children and child pornography. He would first advertise the content on Instagram and share the inappropriate material with customers through WhatsApp, Telegram, Instagram, and other social media platforms after receiving payment from them.

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The issue came to light when the police got a whiff of the content he was sharing on Instagram. CBI spokesperson RK Gaur told news media outlets: “Allegedly, the accused was advertising on Instagram for the sale of the offensive elements, including child pornographic material.”

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The CBI filed a First Information Report and arrested him. They questioned him in detail and found out further information.

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The official said: “Yadav also started hosting services and different accounts over cloud storage, using different email IDs.”

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The official added that some more people had come under their scanner based on his testimony.

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Later, an investigation team searched his residence in Sonbhadra district of Uttar Pradesh, where they found his mobile phone and sent it for forensic analysis.

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