While the world is generally a safer place than its ever been, there’s still a lot of evil out there.
Some folks just enjoy making others suffer, which is why strong laws against abhorrent behavior is so important.
As reported at NBC News, nearly 400 children have been rescued and 348 adults arrested following an expansive and “extraordinary” international child pornography investigation, Canadian police announced Thursday.
The three-year project, named Project Spade, started when undercover officers with the Toronto Police Service Child Exploitation service made contact with a Toronto man allegedly sharing “very graphic images” of child sexual abuse in October 2010.
Rather than immediately arrest the man, they used him to discover a more widespread network that turned out to be an entire child movie production and distribution company in Toronto operating via the web site azovfilms.com.
This horrific website was run by a 42-year old man named Brian Way.
It sold and distributed images of child exploitation to people across the world.
Inspector Joanna Beaven-Desjardins, head of Toronto’s Sex Crimes Unit, said they sought help from the United States Postal Inspection Service because many of the videos were being exported to the US.
After seven months of investigation and evidence gathering, the authorities closed in.
They executed search warrants across the city of Toronto including at the business, located in the city’s West End.
Investigators found hundreds of thousands of images and videos of “horrific sexual acts against very young children, some of the worst they have ever viewed,” Inspector Beaven-Desjardins said at a press conference.
Over 45 terabytes of data from the $4-million business were seized. The distribution network was vast, with over 50 counties including Australia, Spain, Mexico,
The distribution network was vast, with over 50 countries including Australia, Spain, Mexico, Sweden and Greece being recipients of the illicit material.
So far, 50 people were arrested in Ontario, 58 in the rest of Canada, 76 in the United States, and 164 internationally.
One of the most disturbing aspects of the arrests is that many have occupations that have them working closely with children.
Out those arrested thus far, 40 have been school teachers, 9 doctors and nurses, 6 law enforcement personnel, 9 pastors and priests and 3 foster parents.
One of the more harrowing perpetrators was a retired Canadian schoolteacher that had over 350,000 images and over 9,000 videos of child sexual abuse.
The best part of the investigation is that 386 children were rescued from these criminals’ exploitation.
Also, the takedown of the massive network itself will save many would-be victims and hopefully discourage folks from taking part in such degenerate crimes.
There’s nothing worse than the sexual abuse and exploitation of children, especially for profit.
These folks should never see the light of day again.
They should spend the rest of their days in a cramped cell, as they’ve earned at least that much.
Thanks to the hard work of investigators, there are fewer evildoers on the streets today.
H/T: NBC News