Huge Paedophile Ring Smashed: Amir Ish-Hurwitz And The British Child Abusers
The site’s name does not sound like a great cover for paedophiles.
The Telegraph reports:
Mr Ish-Hurwitz was arrested in Novermber 2009. His trial for the abuse of boys during trips to Brazil opened yesterday (TUES).
A spokesman for the Dutch paedophile association, Martijn, insisted that not all boylover.net’s members had committed sex offences against children and claimed that using child pornography was not a crime.
“Only fascist states prohibit owning and looking at pictures,” he said.
The website operated from a server based in the Netherlands and, at its height, boasted up to 70 000 members worldwide.
The website has now been taken down. It attempted to operate as a ‘discussion–only’ forum where people could share their sexual interest in young boys without committing any specific offences, thus operating ‘below the radar’ of police attention. Having made contact on the site, some members would move to more private channels, such as email, to exchange and share illegal images and films of children being abused. Computers seized from those arrested have harvested huge quantities of child abuse images and videos.
The police infiltrated the group. And Operation Rescue began. It was led by UK’s Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre (Ceop). Says Ceop:
Known as Operation Rescue, the investigation has run for over three years and was led by the UK’s national centre for child protection – the Child Exploitation and Online Protection (CEOP) Centre – who joined up with the Australian Federal Police (AFP), the US Immigration and Customs Enforcement Agency (ICE), New Zealand Police, Europol, the Zaanstreek-Waterland Police in the Netherlands and the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) to track offenders on a truly global scale.
The BBC says that to date, the operation focused on 30 countries has identified 670 suspected paedophiles and 230 abused children.
Of 184 people arrest made so far, 121 have been in the UK. Sixty children in the UK have been secured.
Suspects have also been arrested in the Netherlands, Australia, Italy, Canada, New Zealand and Thailand. Members on the site were also located in Poland, Romania, Spain, Belgium, Greece, Iceland, Italy and elsewhere.
Who are they?
“The UK suspects in this operation are aged between 17 and 82 and come from all walks of life. They include police officers, scout leaders and teachers,” CEOP said.
They include former scoutmaster John McMurdo, 38, who was jailed for three years in Plymouth for possessing and distributing nearly 2,000 indecent images of children.
He had encrypted computer disks, but refused to give police the passwords.
McMurdo told detectives he had become a scoutmaster to widen his social circle, but admitted fantasising about young boys in football kit.
Lee Palmer, who was sentenced to six years in prison in March 2010 after pleading guilty to the sexual abuse of two boys, aged two and nine. Police discovered more than 60,000 indecent images on his computer
More to follow…