Under the auspices of "Operation Dark Room" Norwegian police have laid bare a paedophile internet network which promoted and facilitated sexual assaults against children. The scale of the network has astonished the police investigators and with over 50 men already charged the police say the investigation is not over yet.
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A legal report commissioned by Terre des Hommes and Save Sweetie Now! implies that the Sweetie 2.0 project may have to limit its operation to common law countries such as the UK, US, Australia and Canada in order to remain within the law as its future use in the Netherlands may be construed as illegal.
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Australian Federal Police have stated that the number of child exploitation material referrals they have received has doubled in the space of one year, from 4,500 to 11,000.
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Police raid a well-known tourist hotel in Kathmandu after tip-off from Project Watch researchers and finds suspect with 5 children under 14 in bedroom.
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The Save Sweetie Now team of researchers played a significant role in the apprehension of a travelling child abuser who was selling video footage online of himself having sex with a 13 year old girl in the Philippines.
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An Australian national was arrested at a Philippine airport after Facebook monitors spotted pornographic images of a 13 year old girl on his account and alerted authorities in the US and Australia.
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Over one tenth of the Filipino population are migrant workers, leaving behind children in the care of others. Many of these children are at risk of being used to feed the demand for online webcam child sex abuse.
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A child sexual exploitation expert at Interpol argues that all companies from large to small should routinely scan their computer networks for child abuse material, just as they do for malware and spam. Some, such as Google, Facebook and Ericsson, do it already as an example of good corporate practice.
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A leading child welfare expert says that we should not be tempted to apply stereotypes to victims of Child Sexual Exploitation (CSE). It can happen in all areas of society and we need to be alert to it.
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An article in DW (Deutsche Welle, a German international broadcaster) details the “booming cybersex industry” in the Philippines and includes a video report from there on the work of one foundation (PREDA) trying to help child victims of it.
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BBC reporter Angus Crawford, who travelled to the Philippines 2 years ago when the “Sweetie” story first hit the headlines in 2013, reflects on the facts surrounding the recent arrest of a British man, Trevor Monk. Monk first used live streaming from his home in the UK to pay children in the Philippines for webcam sex and then later travelled there himself to abuse children thus establishing a link between “watching” abusive images and actually committing the crime in person.
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An article in The Guardian online states that although tracking payments with the help of Visa and Paypal has helped catch paedophiles on the internet, many are now turning to “anonymous technologies” such as Bitcoin and the dark net to continue abusing children. The report calls on financial institutions to do more. .
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