Friday, July 17, 1998 Published at 22:06 GMT 23:06 UK
German call for cyber cops
Germany wants more "cyber cops" to patrol the Web
Germany has called for a nationwide drive to fight child pornography on the Internet after revelations that a suspected international porn ring may have had links in the country.
It wants police in every German state to set up "cyber cops" to scour the Net for child pornography.
The nation has been shocked by the continuing Dutch investigation into a ring believed to have sexually abused children as young as 12 months old and spread the images on the Web.
Police in Northeim searched the homes of the two men and found hundreds of images of child pornography on their computers, apparently taken off the Internet.
German Foreign Minister Klaus Kinkel said those responsible for spreading child porn on the Internet should be given harsh jail terms to make an example of them.
"We have to set an example," said Mr Kinkel. "The people who did this must be brought behind bars."
It brings together the interior, justice and family ministries.
Policing the Web
The government has urged police to step up patrols of the Internet.
All state police forces should designate "cyber cops" who scan the Internet for illegal content, a government spokesman said.
Bavaria, the most aggressive German state in prosecuting over pornography on the Internet, was the first to appoint the so-called cyber cops in 1995.
The government spokesman said: "The Internet is not a lawless space.
"We must widen our search for these criminals."