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UK children rescued from sex abuse ring

By Owen Weldon     Mar 5, 2008 in Crime
Eight British children between six and fourteen years old have been rescued and arrests were made in the UK, Australia and the US. detectives believe that they broken up one of the sophisticated paedophile rings ever.
It took detectives in three continents to break up the paedophile ring and arrests were made in the UK, Australia and the US.
One of the members who belonged to the ring bragged that he was part of the greatest paedos ever to gather in one place. The group avoided detection by using advanced techniques.
Authorities traced the victims to addresses in the UK and some of the children had been abused by their own parents. Most of the ring's members were American residents and that is why the US was chosen as the base for police operations. The arrests followed a two-year inquiry which began in Australia and spread to Europe and was coordinated by the FBI in the US.
Last week 22 people were arrested which included two men in the UK and the final strike against the ring. Six British men are already in jail for their roles in trading and receiving pictures and videos on the network.
Members gained access to the ring by providing pictures of child sexual abuse. One member, James Freeman, said that the downloads were worth it and he also wrote "My thanks to you and all the others that together make this the greatest group of paedos ever to gather in one place."
According to Paul Griffiths, who heads the victim identification team at Ceop in the UK, the children were subjected to horrible abuse.
Griffiths says that the children were not missing, in fact they were located in their own homes and at the homes was where the abuse was recorded and made available over the Internet to satisfy desires of a deviant group of individuals.
The operation revealed that there was 2,500 customers in 19 countries and as a result of the operation, 400,000 images of child abuse were seized. In addition more than 100 people were arrested for allegedly purchasing child sex materials.
Stephen Tidwell, the FBI's executive assistant director, said that the gang ran things like a business but instead of using cash, indecent images of children were used.
Aliases such as Box of Rocks, Crazy Horse, Lizzard, Methusaleh and Pickleman were used by members and posted videos such as Thai children "to give everyone something to do for an afternoon".
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