At least 10 people have been arrested in Italy while 112 others are being probed for allegedly viewing and disseminating videos and images through an international online paedophile network, the ANSA news agency reported.
These people are being investigated as part of an international crackdown on online child pornography, Xinhua reported.
They were part of an expansive paedophile network of some 700 members across 28 countries including France, Portugal, US, Saudi Arabia, Mexico and Israel, the report said.
The network featured thousands of videos and pictures involving children under 11 years old and even newborn babies being sexually abused.
According to the report, the mastermind of the criminal association, a 53-year-old Italian, was arrested in Milan Thursday.