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#142902 - 02/23/07 04:27 PM Police sting hits'worldwide paedophile ring'
reality2k4 Offline

Registered: 07/06/04
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Just make sure you guys dont get stung by being vigialante with these perps, you too will end up caught by the law.

A massive international undercover police operation has infiltrated an alleged internet paedophile ring with more than 300 members worldwide.

Scores of officers from Britain, America, Canada and Australia have been working in shifts around the clock to infiltrate the ring, which is believed to be based in Britain.

The London-based Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre (Ceop) co-ordinated the global “sting” which pinpointed alleged key suspects in the UK.

Several children have been rescued by the officers.

Jim Gamble, the Ceop chief executive, said: “We identified an online area used by individuals with a deviant interest in children - in my mind that’s a paedophile ring.

“That was then infiltrated by us in conjunction with our international partners. We closed what we believe was a paedophile ring with excess of 300 members.

“Principal suspects were in the UK.”

Mr Gamble said information on the 300-plus alleged paedophiles in other countries will be shared with their local law enforcement agencies.

“We had undercover officers from Canada, America, Australia and the UK involved simultaneously,” said Mr Gamble. “Through an eight-hour shift pattern there was a continuous covert investigation trying to infiltrate the group.”

A spokeswoman for Ceop said: "We can confirm we are currently engaged in a live investigation relating to an online area believed to be used by a significant number of individuals with a sexual interest in children.

"This investigation is ongoing with the Virtual Global Taskforce and enquiries to identify and trace the suspects concerned continue with our international law enforcement partners and child protection agencies. For this reason, we are unable to disclose further details, or an arrest breakdown at this stage."

The news comes as a major conference opens in Washington DC on the Virtual Global Taskforce (VGT), a joint initiative designed to ensnare online paedophiles.

Since Ceop was set up last April, its work has already led to 27 predatory paedophiles being placed in custody and about 70 children safeguarded from abuse, he added.

It also has 18 investigations under way to identify child sex victims from clues given away in abuse photographs.

Eight children have been identified and rescued from abuse.

Ceop brings police, computer industry experts and specialists from children’s charities together under one roof. The British-led VGT is currently targeting suspects in south-east Asia with the assistance of local police and law enforcement agencies, Mr Gamble said.

The Washington conference, attended by Mr Gamble, will bid to move international cooperation to a new level, and other countries may also sign up to the task force.

A new 60-second film designed to show children the danger of speaking to people they do not know on the internet will receive its premier at the conference.

It also warns online paedophiles that they may also face police “stings” on the Web.

#143647 - 03/01/07 04:55 PM Re: Police sting hits'worldwide paedophile ring' [Re: reality2k4]
philobat Offline

Registered: 01/31/07
Posts: 293
Loc: California
This is terrific news! Get em' all!!!


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