FIA Cyber Crime Wing busts a gang involved in making forced “Child Pornography” videos for sale
According to media reports, the Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) Cyber Crime Cell on Friday busted a gang allegedly involved in minting money from the “dark web” through child pornography in Lahore. Sources state that at least ten victims were allegedly sexually exploited to fund the scheme.
The gang of four members included a woman top. They earned money (in dollars) by selling videos on the “dark web”. So far, one accused has been arrested by FIA.
Preliminary Investigation Begins
Initial investigation into the matter revealed that the suspects lived in a private housing society situated in a peripheral area of the Punjab capital. They would lure victims through money or other means to the place, rape them, and film the whole ordeal.
FIA officials shared that the suspects extorted money from the victims and sexually abused them by threatening to make their obscene videos viral if they resisted.
How was the FIA introduced to the gang?
A complaint alerted the FIA Cyber Wing Lahore about the vile gang. The father of a victim put forward the complaint. He alleged that the suspects, identified as Arslan Arshad and Ammad Shahzad, had formed a gang to persuade the neighborhood teenagers to visit their home, where they would sexually assault and record videos without consent. They would upload it on the internet to earn money.
The complainant confessed how the gang also trapped his son. On the 15th of February 2022, the suspects took the victim to the upper portion of their house and sexually assaulted him, and recorded a video. Later, the suspect, Arsalan, shared the video with his friend Abid through WhatsApp.
FIA takes Action
Following the application, FIA launched an investigation which led them to the suspect Abid Ali. The man was taken into custody from Arifwala tehsil of district Pakpattan. Upon his arrest, FIA officials recovered many videos of child pornography from his mobile phone. The prime suspect, Arsalan, could also be seen in the videos raping the minors.
The suspect soon confessed to the FIA cyber wing officials that the gang members – Arslan, Ammad, Moazam, and Talha – lured minor children by offering them money and precious gifts and captured their videos. They later provided the video to a woman named Asma and her driver — Qamar alias Doda.
FIA Cyber Crime Cell Lahore has registered a case against the accused persons under Section 20, 21, and 22 of The Prevention of Electronic Crime Act (PECA) 2016 and section 109 of the Pakistan Penal Code (PPC). FIA Cyber Crime Cell conducts several raids to arrest the other accused persons. Further evidence about the accused persons and their acts would be ascertained after their arrests, revelations, and analysis of electronic gadgets recovered from their custody.
The incident has shocked the nation, and parents are now more careful than ever. Several parents are unwilling to send their children anywhere, let alone allow them to make their own decisions. Keep an eye out for your surroundings to know what’s happening in your area. Be steadfast in reporting any criminal activity you observe.
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