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Police seek child victims after arresting Spanish "porn king" director

An investigation was launched after a minor lodged a complaint alleging she had been asked at a Madrid bar to appear in porn films.

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POLICE IN SPAIN yesterday said they were trying to identify children who had been forced to appear in pornographic videos after they arrested the country’s “king of porn”.

The investigation was launched after a minor lodged a complaint alleging she had been asked at a Madrid bar to appear in porn films, a police statement said.

“While she accepted at first, she subsequently refused. Still she was forced… to film such scenes after consuming drugs,” it said.

Press reports named the director as Ignacio Allende Fernandez, or Torbe as he is known, adding that he been remanded in custody pending further police inquiries.

Police, who are appealing for witnesses to come forward to help identify potential child victims, described the man detained on 25 April as “a famous director and producer of Spanish porn films”.

He faces allegations of sexual abuse of children, dissemination of child pornography and human trafficking.

Main producer of porography

Spain’s El Pais daily described Torbe as the country’s main producer of pornography.

After the director’s arrest, investigators found on the main server of one of his companies “several pornographic videos featuring protagonists who were minors”, police said.

Torbe has frequently appeared in lengthy interviews with Spanish media, boasting about having contributed to “professionalising amateur pornography”.

In an interview with El Confidencial online daily in 2014, he said he had struggled when he began his career to find women who were willing to work with him.

“Now, they are the ones who come to me,” he said, describing the financial crisis that struck Spain in 2008 as “an opportunity” for his business that allowed him to “cut costs”.

Spanish police in October launched a big operation against child pornography, arresting 81 men across the country who were suspected of having exchanged sexual photos and videos of minors over the Internet.

© AFP 2016.

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