Censor.NET reports citing SBU press center.
"The law enforcers established that female members of the crime ring were making dates with potential victims in deserted places via social media. Other members of the group attacked, beat, robbed the victims, and forced them to make confessions on camera of allegedly being child molesters. The perpetrators have then long been using these confessions to extort money and other items of value from the victims threatening to post the footage on the Internet," the statement reads.
"The Security Service operatives found out that the criminals used a closed group on a social media to coordinate their actions, arrange meetings, and discuss details of plotted robberies. The law enforcers found almost 40 videos showing White Lions' concerted assaults against local residents," the agency said.
"The SBU officers caught eight ring members just as they were committing violence against another victim. The gang leaders turned out to be two inspectors of a local detention center. One of them was detained by the SBU and another one was put on the wanted list," the statement reads.
The criminal proceedings were initiated under part 3 of article 189 of the Criminal Code of Ukraine. Urgent investigative activities are underway.
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