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    Germany smashes child porn ring



    German police say they have broken up an international child pornography ring with links to thousands of people in at least 166 countries. Several hundred suspects are being investigated in Germany and more than 500 homes across the country are said to have been searched in the past week.

    The BBC's Tristana Moore says this is a major breakthrough for the German authorities.

    The operation - known as Marcy - has been going on for more than a year, run by police in the eastern state of Saxony-Anhalt and prosecutors in the city of Halle.

    It is being co-ordinated by Interpol and the German federal crime office.







    British police have identified 22 suspects with the help of information from the German authorities and are working to identify others. A spokesman for federal police in Switzerland said dozens of arrests were likely to follow the German-led swoop.

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    Saxony-Anhalt interior and justice ministries said in a statement that the operation was "the most significant victory" against international child pornography, adding that some suspects were known to police for sex crimes.

    "According to the information we now have, many of the suspects are extremely dangerous paedophiles and are from all walks of life," they said.

    At a news conference, the authorities said many of the suspects who have been exchanging pornographic images of children on the internet were extremely dangerous.

    Teachers, priests and police officers are reported to be under investigation.

    Last year, police in Magdeburg carried out a raid on the home of a 26-year-old man who was found downloading images from the internet; investigators then discovered the e-mail addresses of thousands of computer users.

    Police said that one man in Bavaria had been found to have 26,000 pornographic images of children.

    And in the state of Lower Saxony alone, more than 50 desktop computers and almost 1,500 CD-Roms and more than 200 videos were confiscated.

    Distribution of child pornography in Germany carries a jail term of between three months and five years, while possession can incur a fine or a one-year sentence.

    The raids follow operations against in five countries in May of this year which led to 21 arrests, including seven in Germany.

    The operations were hailed at the time as an excellent example of international law enforcement.








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    Swiss swoop on child porn ring

    Swiss swoop on child porn ring

    17/09/2004 12:24 - (SA)


    Bern - Swiss police have arrested ten people and carried out about 400 searches in a massive nationwide operation against international child pornography networks operating in Switzerland, authorities said on Friday.

    Swiss Federal Police said they had seized large quantities of material during the ten-day swoop, which was prompted by investigations into child porn websites in the United States.

    Another 120 countries are concerned by the probe, which follows on from a similar international operation in 2002, federal police added in a statement.

    "The people targeted are suspected of having acquired or possessing child pornography. Many of the suspects were known after being implicated in other cases," the statement said.

    The 21 internet sites targeted contained more than 100 000 photographs or video footage, two-thirds of which were found to be illegal according to the first results of the investigation.

    The operation in Switzerland had been planned for several months and involved police forces in all the country's 26 cantons, authorities said.

    Interpol gave national police forces an overview of the international scope of the child porn networks during a meeting at its headquarters in Lyon, France in February 2004, the statement said.

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    Urrrrrrrrrrrgh Kiddie porn - who the hell makes this stuff? Who the hell buys it!!!

    I HATE pedophiles. The problem is in Britain they'd probably get four months in prison and a hundred days community service

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    Post Re: Swiss swoop on child porn ring

    Quote Originally Posted by gorgeousgal2k2
    Urrrrrrrrrrrgh Kiddie porn - who the hell makes this stuff? Who the hell buys it!!!

    I HATE pedophiles. The problem is in Britain they'd probably get four months in prison and a hundred days community service
    I fear prison doesn't help at all, Miss. The relapse quote is immensely high amongst paedophiles, and rather independent of the threat of punishment or length of factual prison term.
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    Yeah but they get off so lightly here. They should be locked up for ever. I know people who have been abused and it has effected them permanently. Why should they get away with it and the person they abused has to suffer for the rest of their life?

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    This is an example of one of the worst crimes humanity is capable of. I hope that the sentinces are harsh. This was not something you could get by ' mistake' you had to pay to get axcess.
    Austria has uncovered an international child pornography network involving more than 2,360 suspects from 77 countries, the interior minister said.

    The suspects paid to view images that showed "the worst kind of child sexual abuse", Guenther Platter said.

    The videos were posted on a Russian website, hosted by an Austrian company.

    No arrests have yet been made but Austrian authorities are sharing their information with investigators in other countries including the US and Germany.

    Austrian federal police said the case was "a strike against child pornography unprecedented in Austrian criminal history".


    Girls could be seen being raped, and you could also hear screams
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    Twenty-three suspects were being questioned, Austrian officials said, and arrest warrants might soon be issued. Fourteen of them have confessed to downloading the material.

    The youngest person implicated was 17 and the oldest was 69. They included students, government employees and retired people, Mr Platter said.

    He said the FBI was investigating some 600 suspects in the US. German authorities were following leads on at least 400 people, France was looking into about 100 more and Britain was investigating 72 people.

    Downloads of the illegal videos were recorded in countries ranging from Algeria to Iceland and Venezuela - those under investigation are suspected of distributing the material after watching it.

    'Screams heard'

    The inquiry began in July after an Austrian internet service provider notified police that unauthorised video files had been uploaded on to its server from London.

    The material was accessible via a link to a Russian website that offered it for downloading - the site has since been closed down.

    Within 24 hours, investigators said they recorded more than 8,000 hits on the video and DVD material from more than 2,360 computer addresses in 77 countries.

    Harald Gremel, an Austrian police expert on internet crime who led the investigation, said the videos were made in eastern Europe and featured children of up to 14 years of age.

    "Girls could be seen being raped, and you could also hear screams" Mr Gremel said, adding that users paid $89 (68 euros, £45) for three month's access to the material.

    Under Austria law, the maximum prison term for possession of pornography involving children under 14 years is two years.

    Production and distribution of child pornography is punishable by up to 10 years in jail.

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    Re: Vienna busts huge child porn ring

    Good, hopefully the lot of them gets a death sentence.

    Can I assume it was a jew that owned the company or played a role in this pornography? It's probably a 75/25 chance of actually turning out that way.

    More Talmud Vision...Now you know why the Empire hanged men like Oppenheimer.

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    Re: Vienna busts huge child porn ring

    To bust child-porn rings, larger role sought for Internet service providers
    An alert worker at an Austrian Internet firm was key to uncovering a case this week involving 2,360 viewers.
    By Ron Scherer | Staff writer of The Christian Science Monitor

    NEW YORK - It started out as a routine check of the computers at an Austrian Internet company. But the employee soon found in the electronic files a commercial child-pornography ring sexually abusing children as young as 5. Now, law-enforcement officials around the globe are starting an international pedophile hunt involving at least 2,360 subscribers in 77 countries.

    To halt the child-porn scourge, law-enforcement officials, particularly in the United States, say such vigilance needs to happen more often – that is, for Internet service providers (ISPs), such as America Online, Verizon, or Time Warner, to root out people selling, trading, or displaying illegal pornographic images. In fact, many of them already are cooperating, but some US lawmakers, among others, want to go further: They want to require virtually all Internet mediums to provide tips they come across so cybercops can hunt down suspects. Included in the new front is an effort by US lawmakers to get more international countries and businesses on board, since only a handful of nations require companies to report the illegal activity.


    "The concern is that we don't have an ISP, large or small, become a safe haven for this stuff," says Ernie Allen, president of the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC) in Alexandria, Va.

    In the US, 309 ISPs, representing 90 percent of Internet traffic in the nation, have registered with Mr. Allen's organization to provide tips for federal agents to investigate. Since 1998, ISPs have provided NCMEC with 204,000 tips, says Allen. However, he estimates another 700 providers have yet to register. And officials know that those seeking child porn are continually looking for ways to avoid detection – in other words, looking for an operator who may have a laissez faire attitude.

    But if Congress has anything to say about the matter, that may change. On Wednesday, a bipartisan group of lawmakers introduced the first anti-child-porn legislation of the year – a law that would expand the range of companies obligated to report illegal activity and increase the fines for those who don't.

    "It's time to expand the law," says Rep. Nick Lampson (D) of Texas, one of the co-sponsors of the legislation. "We've got a lot more to do."

    Representative Lampson says the current law, which dates back to 1998, needs to be updated. The new legislation would hold accountable newer Internet entries such as MySpace and Facebook (which are both already registered with NCMEC) in the same way as ISPs. "Anyone who hosts a site that perpetuates a crime against a child, chat rooms, or anything of that sort, we want to report to NCMEC," says the Texas congressman. Under the new proposed new law, called the SAFE Act of 2007, the already hefty fines would be tripled for failure to comply. Current fines range from $50,000 to $100,000.

    ISPs in the US say they are "encouraged" that Congress is considering improvements in the old bill. However, Kate Dean, executive director of the United States Internet Service Provider Association, says there are "serious concerns" about the proposed legislation.

    For example, the new law would require companies to preserve information for six months. "The preservation part is very unclear. We don't know what to preserve," says Ms. Dean.

    In addition, she bristles at the idea of increasing fines – a suggestion of the US Attorney General's Office. "We've been reporting in good faith for 10 years," she says. "The fines are already pretty significant, and they have never enforced them."

    Still, there is no doubt that international concern is rising. Last year, the FBI formed an international task force to fight child pornography.

    In Paris last month, Bernadette Chirac, the wife of the French president, hosted a meeting of first ladies and woman leaders on global concerns about child exploitation. The participants – among them Laura Bush, Lyudmila Putin of Russia, and Suzanne Mubarak of Egypt – urged international collaboration to stop child pornography.

    Members of the European Union must already comply with an E-Commerce Directive that requires ISPs to report illegal activity, including child pornography, once it comes to their attention. But it shields ISPs from liability for unwittingly providing access to illegal content.

    So far only six countries – Australia, Belgium, Colombia, France, South Africa, and the US – require ISPs to report suspected child pornography to law-enforcement agencies. Many other countries count on volunteers or self-regulation to report the sites.

    • Mariah Blake in Hamburg, Germany, and Ben Arnoldy in Boston contributed to this report.

    [ Editor's note: The original version contained additional material.]
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    "Under Austria law, the maximum prison term for possession of pornography involving children under 14 years is two years.

    Production and distribution of child pornography is punishable by up to 10 years in jail."

    Why are these sorts of crimes so leniently punished. This is so sick.

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