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Thursday, January 16, 2014

Combined UK, US and Australian Police Probe Philippine Child Sex Abuse Ring

The British Police are working with Australian and US counterparts to break a pedophile ring in the Philippines that has been streaming live scenes of child abuse over the internet, the National Crime Agency revealed Thursday, Jan. 16, 2013. The NCA which has been investigating the ring since it discovered obscene videos on a British pedophiles computer 2 years ago, called abuse in developing countries "a significant and emerging threat." The inquiry called Operation Endeavor has taken in 12 countries and led to the arrest of 17 Britons. 5 of whom have been convicted. 15 children aged between 6 yrs. old and 15 yrs. old have been rescued. There other investigations into live streaming of child abuse have netted 733 suspects globally. The investigation was sparked when Northamptonshire Police seized the computer of registered sex offenders Timothy Ford, who was later jailed for 8 1/2 years after being found guilty of paying to view live sex abuse. The NCA added: "The use of webcams to stream live abuse particularly from the developing world is a significant and emerging threat according to the NCA's CEOP (Child Exploitation and Online Protection) command. "Extreme poverty, the increasing availability of high-speed internet and the existence of vast and comparatively wealthy overseas customer base has led to organized crime groups exploiting children for profit gains." It warned.   
 
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