FIVE children were found at addresses in Scotland and England after raids connected to allegations of online child abuse.
There were claims that children were being abused, and the images distributed via the internet.
The children, boys and girls aged between seven and 13, are all now receiving counselling.
The raids last month came after a man was arrested over other sex offences. A number of suspects were detained.
It is one of the first major cases since the setting up of Scotland’s National Sex Crimes Unit.
The dedicated team of Crown Counsel advises prosecutors on how best to bring cases before the courts.
“This was one of our most harrowing and disturbing cases, but it clearly demonstrated the value of, and real need for, the unit,” Derek Ogg QC, who heads the unit, told Scotland’s Daily Record newspaper.
“Until the police investigation revealed these results, we were unaware of the full extent of child exploitation going on in our own backyard.”
The children had suffered daily abuse which was filmed for broadcasting to other paedophiles, either live or recorded, on the internet.
Ogg said “incredibly dedicated officers… worked night and day to put an end to these children’s daily ordeal”.
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