• Canada child porn probe leads to hundreds of arrests

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    OTTAWA: A global investigation into a Canadian child porn website had led to the arrest of 341 people including teachers, doctors and police officers, and the rescue of 386 sexually abused children, police said.

    Those arrested include six law enforcement officials, nine religious leaders, 40-school teachers, three foster parents, 32 children volunteers and nine doctors and nurses, Toronto police said on Thursday (Friday in Manila).

    Undercover officers made contact in October 2010 with a man sharing “very graphic images of young children being sexually abused,” Insp. Joanna Beaven-Desjardins, head of the Toronto police’s Sex Crimes Unit, told a press conference.

    They were able to trace his Internet connection to a Toronto address.

    Their investigation led to a company believed to be producing and distributing child exploitation videos and images over the Internet.

    “The company operated a website www.azovfilms.com where customers from around the world placed orders to have movies sent to them through the mail or Internet,” said Beaven-Desjardins.

    The 42-year-old suspect’s home and business were raided seven months later and he was charged with operating a website that sold and distributed child pornography.

    Police said the man “paid various people to film children for the purpose of creating movies for sale on his website.”

    The Canadian distributor’s website meanwhile allegedly earned him Can$4 million over several years.

    Authorities said they seized over 45 terabytes of data, including hundreds of thousands of images and videos detailing “horrific” sexual acts against children as young five.

    AFP

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