The agents were able to determine that apparently, the suspect used a modeling photographer agency as a scam to locate single mothers
who had daughters between 1 and 10 years of age.   - Judicial Investigation Organization photo.















Published Thursday, August 20, 2020

Costa Rican suspected of producing
child pornography jailed with help
from Argentina and Australia



By the A.M. Costa Rica staff 

The Judicial Investigation Organization, OIJ, received two alerts issued by Interpol Argentina and Australia, which led to the arrest of a Costa Rican man surnamed Barquero-Castillo, 34, as a suspect in the Production and Dissemination of Child Pornography.

According to the report of the judicial agents, the suspect was arrested when his house was raided in Caballo Blanco District in Cartago Province.

In addition to the arrest, the agents seized several devices and documents with images of minors related to an alleged modeling agency that he was suspected of promoting.

This is evidence of great importance to the case, OIJ said in its statement.

The case began with the alerts issued in February by Interpol Australia, which indicated that child pornography material was being trafficked from Costa Rica to the country, said the agents in its report.

According to the report of the Prosecutor's Office against Trafficking in Persons and Smuggling of Migrants, another alert was also received in April by Interpol Argentina that allegedly relates the same suspect to the distribution of material that contained sexual abuse of minors.

During the investigation, the agents were able to determine that apparently, the suspect used a modeling photographer agency as a scam to locate single mothers who had daughters between 1 and 10 years of age. This way he had access to the minors and was able to photograph them to produce material with child pornographic content.

The suspect was jailed at the Public Ministry cells, where he was interrogated by the judicial agents and after that, he must face a judge who will consider pre-trial measures against him accused of production and distribution of pornographic material with minors.

The judicial agents call on the people to report any suspicion of distribution or production of pornographic material with minors, by calling the confidential line 800-8000-645. Bilingual agents available to answer calls in English or Spanish. All complaints received can be anonymous.



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