International Child Porn Ring Uncovered

  • Two-year inquiry smashes highly sophisticated group
  • 22 new arrests follow jailing of six Britons

Detectives in three continents believe they have broken one of the most sophisticated paedophile rings ever. Eight British children between six and 14 years old have been rescued and arrests made in the UK, Australia and the US.The ring used advanced techniques to avoid detection and one member boasted of belonging to the “greatest group of paedos ever to gather in one place”.Police traced the victims to addresses in the UK, the Child Exploitation and Online Protection (Ceop) Centre said. Some had been abused by their parents. The arrests followed a two-year inquiry which began in Australia, spread to Europe and was coordinated by the FBI in the US. The US was chosen as the base for police operations as most of the sex ring’s members were American residents, police said.
http://www.guardian.co.uk/uk/2008/mar/06/ukcrime.internationalcrimeInternational Child Porn Ring Uncovered [AP]
[AP] After James Freeman was vetted and approved for membership in what police describe as a highly sophisticated child porn network, he expressed his appreciation by posting two folders online: one labeled :mild,” the other “wild.””All I can say is that they are worth the download,” wrote Freeman, 47, known in the global porn ring as “Mystikal,” according to court documents. “My thanks to you and all the others that together make this the greatest group of pedos ever to gather in one place.”Freeman, of Santa Rosa Beach, Fla., was one of 12 Americans indicted last week in a worldwide investigation that ultimately charged 22 people with participating in the porn ring – and intentionally blocking police from investigating it.
http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/feedarticle/7357981
http://abcnews.go.com/TheLaw/wireStory?id=4387119
www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2008/03/04/AR2008030401914.html14 Americans arrested in child porn sting
Fourteen Americans are in custody as part of a global crackdown on a well-organized child porn ring that used sophisticated encryption technology, the FBI and Justice Department announced Tuesday.Justice Department officials described it as a “vast child exploitation enterprise” that included graphic images, such as ones showing toddlers engaged in various sexual and sadistic acts.The suspects allegedly used Internet newsgroups and large file-sharing networks to trade and share images and videos.
http://edition.cnn.com/2008/CRIME/03/04/child.porn.arrests/Aussie paedophile arrests ‘not enough’
A national lobby group for child abuse prevention has praised Australian law enforcers for cracking a major international paedophile ring, but say the number of people arrested is a drop in the ocean.
http://www.abc.net.au/news/stories/2008/03/06/2181394.htmEight children rescued as porn ring smashed
Two British men have been arrested and eight children from the UK rescued after a world-wide paedophile ring was broken with the help of Australian detectives.
http://www.smh.com.au/articles/2008/03/06/1204402587200.htmlAustralians accused over child porn ring
Australian detectives who helped break a world-wide paedophile ring say children as young as two were filmed and photographed being sexually abused to fulfil orders from an online pornography network. More than 40 children have been identified as victims of the paedophile ring, which operated in Australia, the United States, England, Canada and Germany.
news.theage.com.au/australians-accused-over-child-porn-ring/20080305-1x5q.htmlMembers of Vast Child Exploitation Enterprise Indicted in the Northern District of Florida [news release]
A federal grand jury in Pensacola, Fla. has returned a 35-count indictment against 12 individuals who engaged in a criminal enterprise involving the advertisement, transportation and shipment of child pornography over a two-year period, Assistant Attorney General Alice S. Fisher of the Criminal Division, U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Florida Gregory R. Miller, and FBI Executive Assistant Director J. Stephen Tidwell announced today.
http://justice.gov/opa/pr/2008/March/08_crm_166.html

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