Police say international pedophile ring smashed

16 Mar

The following article is very encouraging. We must never give up trying to help these children.

By MIKE CORDER, Associated Press – Wed Mar 16, 11:36 am ET

THE HAGUE, Netherlands – Police said Wednesday they have smashed a huge international pedophile ring, rescuing 230 children from abuse and arresting 184 suspects — including teachers and police officers.

The three-year investigation code named Operation Rescue uncovered 670 suspects and identified and safeguarded children in more than 30 countries by arresting people accused of abusing them, said Rob Wainwright, director of the European Union police agency Europol.

The ring was centered on an Amsterdam-based online forum called boylover.net, which Wainwright described as “probably the largest online pedophile network in the world.”

“These are very serious crimes on a truly global basis,” he added.

The heavily encrypted forum, whose administrator appeared in a Dutch court on Tuesday charged with sex offenses, had up to 70,000 members.

The investigation was led by Britain’s Child Exploitation and Online Protection Center but also involved law enforcement agencies as far afield as Australia, the United States and Thailand.

Peter Davies of the British child protection center said there would be more arrests as the investigations continue.

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One Response to “Police say international pedophile ring smashed”

  1. Linda Morand March 16, 2011 at 8:15 pm #

    It is incomprehensible that so many people can be involved in something as sick and disgusting as this. We must continue to raise awareness of these problems.

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