quote: A team of international investigators infiltrated an Internet chat room used by pedophiles who streamed live videos of children being raped, rescuing 31 children and identifying more than 700 suspects worldwide.
Undercover officers in Britain, the U.S., Canada and Australia busted up the pedophile ring using surveillance techniques more commonly associated with fighting terrorism and organized crime.
quote:U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement declined to comment because their investigation is continuing in at least 12 states, which were not identified. Police in Germany are also investigating two men in connection with the ring, the country's Federal Crime Office said.
Wow. Talk about mixed emotions. Extremely happy that a large ring is broken (or at least fatally compromised) and all the children were saved. Disgust and sadness at this group's existence, it's size and the trauma it inflicted on the lives of very young children. Seriously, that's horrible.
Lots of respect for the people who can stomach that line of work. I could not. At least, I could not do it rationally and give the perpetrators any sort of due process.
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quote:But as Cox was taken from the house in handcuffs, police stepped up their operation. British and Canadian officers immediately assumed Cox's identity and secretly ran the site for 10 days before shutting it down -- gathering evidence on the chat room's hundreds of members. Police at no point distributed illegal images, Gamble said.