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International police forces smashed a paedophile ring which shared obscene images of children nine children from UK have been safeguarded by the police

Date: (24 May 2012)    |    

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In an international case of child exploitation photographs of children were shared on a number of sites including Facebook. The Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre (CEOP) said that six arrests were made in England.
Nine English children who were victims of the racket whose details have not been disclosed have been safeguarded and protected the police have said.
Interpol has said that Facebook officials had supported and assisted the investigation involving 21 countries.
Interpol said that another 55 suspects who had created online groups to share pictures of the abused children have been targeted in the operation, codenamed Laminar, spanning over 18 months.
A number of those individuals have now been arrested, it added.
At least 12 abused children in total were identified internationally and removed from harm, according to the New Zealand government which launched Operation Laminar in October 2010.
It also said that some of those arrested "were involved in the actual sexual abuse of the child victims".
Around 80 groups have been identified displaying or posting "previously seen and unseen" child sexual abuse images.
Twenty other countries took part in the investigation, including the UK, US, Australia, South Africa, France, Germany, Italy, Saudi Arabia, Brazil and Indonesia.
New Zealand's internal affairs minister, Chris Tremain, applauded the operation and condemned the "horrific acts of abuse being carried out all over the world".
A CEOP spokesperson said those involved online to trade in, share and commit abuse of children to order, present a real threat to the most vulnerable.
He added that international investigations such as this showed that law enforcement was increasingly adept at working across borders to hold offenders to account.

 

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