Sweden Busts 23 Women on Child Porn Charges
It's the most women ever arrested for this offense
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted May 20, 2011 11:40 AM CDT
Swedish police cars are parked in central Stockholm in this file photo.   (Getty Images)

(Newser) – Twenty-three women from across Sweden have been charged with involvement in what investigators call a unique child pornography case because most of the suspects are female. A 43-year old man was charged today with having provided them with 510 films and photos of children being exploited in an "especially ruthless" manner.

The women, aged between 38 and 70, allegedly met the man online and received and accepted the files he sent them. Seven of them have confessed. Some of them are also suspected of having spread the material; two may have produced child pornographic photographs themselves. Detective Inspector Bjorn Sellstrom says it's the first time, in both Sweden and the world, that so many women have been involved in such a case.