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Plug pulled on child porn sites

Police in Athens arrested a 57-year-old man who is alleged to have made at least $30,000 (25,500 euros) a month from running two child pornography websites with the help of associates in the United States, officers said yesterday. The unnamed suspect allegedly charged visitors to his websites $30 a month for membership, which would allow them to view indecent pictures of girls aged between nine to 16. There were estimated to be about 1,000 members and more than 360,000 people in total had visited his sites since they were set up two years ago, police said. He is alleged to have worked with several people in the US to obtain the pictures. Police are investigating how many people had collaborated with the 57-year-old, who works in the field of information technology. Officers said that he was loading new material onto his website when they raided his office in central Athens.