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    Netherlands - 230 kids rescued from ‘largest online pedophile network in the world’

    http://www.thestar.com/news/world/ar...the-world?bn=1


    230 kids rescued from ‘largest online pedophile network in the world’
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    Mike Corder
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    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 identified and safeguarded children in more than 30 countries by arresting people suspected of abusing them, said Rob Wainwright, director of the European Union police agency Europol.

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

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

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

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

    “Those who have been members of the site can expect a knock on the door in the very near future,” he said. In Britain, police said, the children involved were aged between 7 and 14.

    Wainwright said the website was intended as a discussion forum where pedophiles could “share their sexual interest in young boys.”

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    70,000 members? I hope those who get that "knock on the door" will get more than just a slap on the wrist.

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    I am wondering for how many years this online pedophile network has operated and if some of the cases of abducted boys from the U.S. are a part of this.
    Last edited by concentric; 03-16-2011 at 12:07 PM.

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    70,000 members??? Are there really that many perverts out there? How scary!!!

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    OMG. How disturbing. 70,000 members?? LE, release their names and address please.

    Who are these poor children?? Prayers for them. They are safe now.
    The World Has Gone Mad.

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    Just when you think it can't get any worse...

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    This article details how the internet ring was infiltrated:

    More in article

    http://www.latimes.com/news/nationwo...,7488821.story

    "The website operated from a server based in the Netherlands and, at its height, boasted up to 70 000 members worldwide," Europol said in a news release.

    The website -- now taken down -- tried to operate as a "discussion-only" forum in which people operated "below the radar" of police by sharing "their sexual interest in young boys without committing any specific offenses."

    "Having made contact on the site, some members would move to more private channels, such as e-mail, to exchange and share illegal images and films of children being abused. Computers seized from those arrested have harvested huge quantities of child abuse images and videos," Europol said.

    Britain's Child Exploitation and Online Protection Center located the website owner and traced the server to the Netherlands in 2009.

    "In January 2010, a copy of the seized site's server was received by Europol, and the Australian and UK police. Working with Zaanstreek-Waterland Police in the Netherlands, Europol rebuilt the forum offline and forensically interrogated the server to produce intelligence analysis that was disseminated globally to law enforcement authorities," Europol said.

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    Thank you Valleyboy for posting this thread. The investigators are my heroes. This is a good day.

    http://www.torontosun.com/news/canad.../17639391.html

    The European Union's police agency, Europol, is taking credit for identifying the child-sex ring, which operated through an online forum -- boylover.net -- that promoted sexual relationships between adults and young boys.

    "The safeguarding of so many vulnerable children is particularly rewarding and demonstrates the commitment of our agency to make Europe a safer place for its citizens," Europol director Rob Wainwright said in a release.

    "I also pay tribute to the relevant authorities in Europe and elsewhere for their operational work in tracking down the suspected criminals and their victims."

    Cops from the U.K and Australia infiltrated the Netherlands-based site to access information on its members.
    Last edited by concentric; 03-16-2011 at 01:39 PM.

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    It seems to me I've always read that the Netherlands has one of the lowest rape rates in the world because of decriminalizing prostitution. There is a very visible red-light district.

    The contrast between that supposed statistic and this investigation really boggles the mind.

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    Quote Originally Posted by concentric View Post
    It seems to me I've always read that the Netherlands has one of the lowest rape rates in the world because of decriminalizing prostitution. There is a very visible red-light district.

    The contrast between that supposed statistic and this investigation really boggles the mind.
    Holland is very active in going after sex criminals, like we are. Their investigation has nothing to do with the red light district or a higher rate of sex crimes. Remember also that this was an international sting, not just in Holland.
    For Elizabeth, a minor child, a victim. Thank God she is home!

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    Largest Internet Child-Abuse Ring Yet Uncovered after a Three-Year Operation

    Two Canadians were arrested as part of what police are calling the largest Internet child-abuse ring yet uncovered after a three-year operation that saw 184 arrests worldwide and the rescue of 230 children.

    Operation Rescue targeted an online forum called “boylover.net,” based in the Netherlands but with a global clientele. At a news conference Wednesday morning in The Hague, police said the network spread to 30 countries with 70,000 members.

    Led by the British Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre, the investigation began in 2007 and brought together teams from Canada, the U.S., Australia, New Zealand and Europe.

    Police say the website offered people the chance to discuss their sexual interest in young boys without committing any offences, but “below the radar” they used private channels to exchange “illegal images and films of children being abused.”

    In Britain, police say the suspects range in age from 17 and 82, and include police officers, Boy Scout leaders and teachers.

    “While these offenders felt anonymous in some way because they were using the Internet to communicate, the technology was actually being used against them,” said Peter Davies, the head of British child-exploitation unit. “Everything they did online was tracked by following the digital footprint.”

    http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/...rticle1944189/

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    I was just reading that same story on a CBS site.

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    There is a thread in the crimes about children section.. maybe the 2 can be combined

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    I'm always pleased when there is a large bust. I have every reason to believe that one leads to another and that is why there is such a long time between the beginning of an investigation, the arrest, the indictment, the plea, and the sentencing. Currently, in the US, the "turnaround" for federal child porn charges with a guilty plea is taking about 2-3 years. I often wonder if LE doesn't use that time to assume a pedophiles profile and bring down more offenders.

    Typically names are not released, unless they are high profile. This used to anger me greatly as how are families and community member supposed to know about the risks to their children. Very very seldom are these busts covered in mid-sized newspapers and only marginally mentioned in even the largest. One must really take notes to follow these cases. You have to take the tiniest details and really dig to follow some of these perps and their cases. I've now come to understand that the main thrust, IMO, is to take down as many offenders as possible. As a parent of children who have been raped, I have mixed feeling about that. We get far better info concerning recalls of cars and frozen dinners than we do the pedophiles in our midst. But it's finally sinking in what the feds and Interpol are trying to do. I guess, in the scheme of things, this is the only way to go.

    While looking to see if this bust was connected to another huge bust announced in Los Angeles a couple of months ago, Lost Boys, I ran across an interesting article:

    http://articles.latimes.com/1987-09-...nography-photo

    This is from 1987 and shows that things are only getting worse. I have cached copies of major busts conducted over the last 12 years as articles often disappear. I'm not sure why. One of the themes that shows up again and again is that law enforcement is greatly overwhelmed and simply cannot investigate each case of even the arrested. But every single arrest has great impact. Every one.

    I won't be posting much for a few days due to health problems.

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    I think I've posted this before, but in case I'm not back for a while, someone else needs to bookmark this. I've gleaned a lot of info from this document which I believe first appeared on a Focus on the Family site:

    http://webcache.googleusercontent.co...&client=safari

    If you have these sting titles and names of articles, often sleuthing is easier. It's a tangled web, that's for sure. I wish someone could connect the dots for the victims and the families.



    ETA: The following is the type of comment that shows up again and again on some of the articles linked to from the article above:

    "Results: By the time of the first press reports, Canadian police had made up to 100 arrests. This represents less than five percent of the names contained on a list of Canadian subscribers. Canadian police say the country is woefully unprepared to handle such large-scale investigations....."

    I don't post this to disparage Canada at all. This single statement is indicative of comments made by many countries and municipalities. The crime is overwhelming in its scope and range.
    Last edited by Missizzy; 03-16-2011 at 04:56 PM.

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