Police arrested a couple from Israel's southern resort town of Eilat on Thursday on suspicion that they had agreed to have camera installed in their home and that they involved their children in the video stream to a website that features sexual content for a fee.
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Three other suspects were arrested for allegedly installing the cameras, for running the website and for collecting fees for watching the video stream. They are suspected of sexually related offenses and engaging in pedophilic activity on the internet.
At this stage, there is no suspicion that the children, who are about 13 years old, were physically abused, but police allege that some of the content broadcast from the family household was obscene material of a nature that constituted criminal activity. Police said they suspect it occurred with the couple's knowledge. The website was shut down following Thursday's arrests, and police intend to seek an order extending the detention of the site's owners.
Over the past several months, police investigators monitored the website, which police described as offering "Big Brother"-type live stream of the couple and their children from the family household. "Big Brother" is a reality television show broadcast around the world in various versions featuring interactions broadcast live among the "housemates" in the home.
The Eilat couple allegedly received a fee for agreeing to the arrangement. On Thursday morning, police searched the family's home as well as the homes of other suspects and confiscated personal computers in the sweep.