Campaign launched to find 'child porn' mother

A popular Russian newspaper has launched a campaign to find a mother who allegedly used five of her own kids to make child pornography. The Tvoy Den tabloid says the woman took the children, aged between one and twelve, to a studio where they were abused

Tvoy Den says it has proof of the alleged crime from police files and is offering 100,000 roubles – that's about $US 4,000 – to help get the woman arrested: “When I read these documents it was just shocking, it’s a horrible story. We asked our readers to help find her,” explains Timur Magder, the daily’s Editor-In-Chief.

Police and prosecutors are remaining tight-lipped about the case.

The woman's four daughters, aged from one to nine years old, and a twelve-year-old son, were allegedly taken to a studio, where they performed sexual favours and were physically abused in front of the camera.

Russia Today was unable to get independent confirmation from either prosecutors or police investigators about the case.

Neighbours where the family lived say the apartment has been empty for about a year. They say the woman lived there with her boyfriend and five children.

Social services took the children away before the parents vanished.

Neighbours say they drank and abandoned their children for days and even months. But no one could confirm whether the children were sexually abused behind closed doors.

The apartment remains a sad reminder of one mother's alleged failure as a parent.

It remains unclear whether the authorities intervened because of domestic violence or sexual abuse.

For now, the children are believed to be safe with a foster family.

The hunt for the mother goes on.