Euro cops cuff 112 in paedophile network raids
Terabytes of child abuse video seized from one suspect alone
Police across Europe have arrested 112 suspected members of a child abuse ring.
The suspects allegedly used the net to share depraved images and homemade videos depicting children and even toddlers being sexually abused and raped. A crackdown operation, co-ordinated by European police agency Europol, launched raids in 22 countries. Nineteen people were arrested in Denmark alone.
A massive 29 terabytes of data, featuring 9,000 hours of high-definition video, was seized from one Danish suspect alone.
The raids were carried out as part of Operation Icarus, an ongoing police investigation that is likely to result in further arrests. In a statement, Europol said investigators had identified a total of 269 suspects.
Operation Icarus is the first operation to conclude under the auspices of the new action plan of the COSPOL Internet Related Child Abuse Material Project (CIRCAMP), an initiative by EU police chiefs led by Belgium and backed by the European Commission. ®
Steady on there mate, remember Operation Ore?
Both my next door neighbours have been arrested as part of the European-wide raids against online paedophiles.
F**k knows where I'm going to get my free wi-fi now.
"I find it hard to imagine a more henious crime than kiddy fiddling, though I suppose there might be some."
Erm, murder. Cold blooded multiple murder is not the worst crime anymore? I must have missed that memo.
"For me there can be no penalty severe enough for someone caught in the act - which even includes having materials depicting such acts."
Well that approach does not devalue the crimes of the real dirt bags who actually abuse children, if you lump in those who only have depictions, including drawings where no abuse ever took place. Also under UK law those depictions can even be of people you could legally have sex with (i.e under 18). So sure using your logic, someone who has a drawing picture of a 17 year old on their computer is as bad and should get the same punishment as some who abuses a 1 year old.
In fact your approach incentivises people into real abuse rather than sticking with looking at depictions, as the punishment would be the same. Happy you are not in charge of the justice system.
Some people really need to think past the yuck factor to get some perspective on this issue and the laws that are applied.
"On another level, I can't actually fathom what pleasure someone could ever get from sexual exploits involving children."
That's the one part I can agree with you on. Does that mean though that also disguising, are people who find very petite women attractive. Those who might be confused for being younger than they are. I.E Natalie Portman, etc
Things are a lot more complicated than just burn anyone who ever found attractive, anyone who gives the 'impression of being under 18' (wording of the law).