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Child rescued from global pedophile ring

Discussion in 'News & Events' started by Hails, Jun 19, 2007.

  1. Hails

    Hails Well-Known Member

    June 19, 2007 01:27pm
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    31 children rescued from global pedophile ring
    Hundreds charged, including four Australians
    Video: Net child abuse ring smashed

    POLICE have rescued an Australian child at potential risk from a global internet pedophile ring that used a chat room to stream live videos of children being raped.

    Four Australian men have been arrested and Australian Federal Police (AFP) say more arrests are expected with the ring now smashed.

    Police say one Australian child was removed from a position of "potential risk" as a result of the global operation.

    World-wide agencies

    Operation Lobate was revealed overnight in the United Kingdom as having involved law enforcement agencies around the world, including Australia, the United Kingdom, the United States, Italy and Canada.

    The AFP said the operation resulted in 63 arrests in 35 countries, with 14 people arrested over offences involving actual contact with victims.

    They said 22 child victims of abuse had been rescued.

    Horrific sexual abuse

    The ring was traced to an internet chat room called Kids the Light of Our Lives that featured images of children being subjected to horrific sexual abuse.

    Police said the host of the website, Timothy David Martyn Cox, 27, was arrested and police then assumed his internet identity, capturing details of more than 700 suspects worldwide.

    Authorities said Cox, 27, who used the online identity "Son of God", had admitted to nine counts of possessing and distributing indecent images.

    Head of the AFP's online child sex exploitation team, assistant commissioner Roman Quaedvlieg, said the international operation had been going for many months.

    "The genesis of the operation actually extends back as far as March 2006 when there was a pedophile chat room identified being hosted in Canada," he said.

    "We were part of that operation as well and that particular chat room was taken down. We monitored the methodology of that chat room and we found it was reincarnated some time later in 2006, in September, in England.

    "We conducted a covert operation with our international partners in the virtual global task force where we sent three detectives over to work with that task force, undercover, for a short period of time.

    "We assumed the identity of the English host of that particular site and we engaged online with people from around the world, from 35 different countries, where we identified users and exchanges of child pornography."

    Pornographic images

    Of the four arrested in Australia, charges were dropped against one person, another appeared in court in Victoria in April and was sentenced to seven months' jail, and another in Western Australia had pleaded guilty and is to be sentenced next month, Mr Quaedvlieg said.

    The charges related to accessing child pornography images.

    "We have a person appearing in court in South Australia on June 21 and there's a fourth person yet to appear before the court (in South Australia)," Mr Quaedvlieg said.

    "Throughout the course of the investigation we garnered a host of information in relation to potential Australian users and we expect more arrests in the future."

    Internet is patrolled

    Mr Quaedvlieg said the images were as graphic as could be imagined.

    "They were images of sexual exploitation of children ranging from the very young, under 12 months of age, right through to teenagers," he said.

    AFP Commissioner Mick Keelty said the bust was as large as a similar international operation, involving Australians, two years ago.

    "But the important thing is that people know that we do actually patrol the internet," he said on John Laws' radio show.

    "We have a virtual global taskforce in concert with the UK and the US where we 24 hours a day, seven days a week are patrolling the internet.

    "These people may think they can quietly do this from the lounge room of their own homes and the anonymity of their own homes but the reality is that we are out there patrolling it, in fact in some cases taking over the internet site and running it as an undercover operation to maximise our opportunity to find out who is involved."

  2. Dennis

    Dennis R.I.P.

    Hang them sick bastards by the balls :mad:
  3. Green Tea

    Green Tea Tequila Mockinbird

    or better yet have the psycho chick from another thread rip 'em off :eek:
  4. Dennis

    Dennis R.I.P.

    :) :) Excellent Idea!! :) :)