Bail denied to alleged S.African child porn ring

Authorities say eight family members in South Africa are accused of forcing children, including those placed in their care, to appear in pornographic films.

The suspects were arrested in early December and were denied bail Tuesday.

National Prosecuting Authority spokesman Mthunzi Mhaga said the suspects face charges including rape, indecent assault and possession, manufacturing and distribution of child pornography.

Authorities said six children — including a 4-year-old — were forced to appear in the movies. Two of them had been placed as foster children with one of the couples now facing criminal charges.

Mhaga told The Associated Press a ninth person, suspected to be selling and distributing the pornography, has been identified and that the investigation is continuing.