Successful operation against child sex offenders on the Internet

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Successful operation against child sex offenders on the Internet

The Hague – The Netherlands.

After a two year investigation, Operation Typhon, an international operation into child sex offenders on the Internet, has been concluded. House searches were conducted in 19 countries, specifically: Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Canada, Denmark, France, Germany, Hungary, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, the Netherlands, Poland, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Switzerland and the United Kingdom, enabling the identification of 221 child sex offenders of which 115 have been arrested. The offenders had a variety of professional backgrounds, some of them being teachers or caretakers who were therefore in close contact with children. Furthermore, the case has led to the identification of 5 children in different countries, aged between 4 and 12, who were the victims of sexual crimes.

The investigation was led by the Austrian Criminal Intelligence Service (.BK) which detected an internet service provider misused by child sex offender groups to distribute illegal content on the Internet. Log files collected by the .BK were sent to Europol together with the child abusive images. After structuring and analysing the content, Europol provided intelligence packages and analytical reports to the EU Member States and those countries affected with a Europol cooperation agreement.

“Child sexual abuse is one of the most horrific crimes so I am extremely pleased that Europol together with our partners have been successful in having these offenders identified and arrested. But most of all I am glad to see that vulnerable children have been identified and saved from further harm,” says Rob Wainwright, Director of Europol.

Europol has so far supported 23 international operations. These cases, involving EU member states and other countries with a Europol operational agreement, have so far led to the identification of around 1600 child sex offenders and the identification and rescue of many victims.

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3 thoughts on “Successful operation against child sex offenders on the Internet

  1. Looks like they did not arrest one priest. They did not go to Vatican City, where there are lots of people who need to testify around the globe in many different countries for the way the church covered up and protected sex crimes against little children, all committed by Roman Catholic Priests and other employees of the church.

    So who says that the church does not have any immunity from prosecution anywhere?

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  2. Justice Is Lost – Justice Is Raped – Justice Is Gone
    Pulling their Strings – Justice Is Done …

    The Ultimate in Vanity – Exploiting Their Supremacy

    Lady Justice Has Been Raped
    (for decades … centuries …)

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  3. I was abducted, beaten and raped by a stranger. It wasn’t a neighbor, a coach, a relative, a family friend or teacher. It was a recidivist pedophile predator who spent time in prison for previous sex crimes; an animal hunting for victims in the quiet, bucolic, suburban neighborhoods of Lincoln, Rhode Island.
    I was able to identify the guy and the car he was driving. Although he was arrested that night and indicted a few months later, he never went to trial. His trial never took place because he was brutally beaten to death in Providence before his court date. 34 years later, no one has ever been charged with the crime.

    In the time between the night of my assault and the night he was murdered, I lived in fear. I was afraid he was still around town. Afraid he was looking for me. Afraid he would track me down and kill me. The fear didn’t go away when he was murdered. Although he was no longer a threat, the simple life and innocence of a 14-year-old boy was gone forever. Carefree childhood thoughts replaced with the unrelenting realization that my world wasn’t a safe place. My peace shattered by a horrific criminal act of sexual violence.

    Over the past 34 years, I’ve been haunted by horrible, recurring memories of what he did to me. He visits me in my sleep. There have been dreams–nightmares actually–dozens of them, sweat inducing, yelling-in-my-sleep nightmares filled with images and emotions as real as they were when it actually happened. It doesn’t get easier over time. Long dead, he still visits me, silently sneaking up from out of nowhere when I least expect it. From the grave, he sits by my side on the couch every time the evening news reports a child abduction or sex crime. I don’t watch America’s Most Wanted or Law and Order SVU, because the stories are a catalyst, triggering long suppressed emotions, feelings, memories, fear and horror. Real life horror stories rip painful suppressed memories out from where they hide, from that recessed place in my brain that stores dark, dangerous, horrible memories. It happened when William Bonin confessed to abducting, raping and murdering 14 boys in California; when Jesse Timmendequas raped and murdered Megan Kanka in New Jersey; when Ben Ownby, missing for four days, and Shawn Hornbeck, missing for four years, were recovered in Missouri.

    Despite what happened that night and the constant reminders that continue to haunt me years later, I wouldn’t change what happened. The animal that attacked me was a serial predator, a violent pedophile trolling my neighborhood in Lincoln, Rhode Island looking for young boys. He beat me, raped me, and I stayed alive. I lived to see him arrested, indicted and murdered. It might not have turned out this way if he had grabbed one of my friends or another kid from my neighborhood. Perhaps he’d still be alive. Perhaps there would be dozens of more victims and perhaps he would have progressed to the point of silencing his victims by murdering them.

    Out of fear, shame and guilt, I’ve been silent for over three decades, sharing with very few people the story of what happened to me. No more. The silence has to end. The fear, the shame, the guilt have to go. It’s time to stop keeping this secret from the people closest to me, people I care about, people I love, my long-time friends and my family. It’s time to speak out to raise public awareness of male sexual assault, to let other victims know that they’re not alone and to help victims of rape and violent crime understand that the emotion, fear and memories that may still haunt them are not uncommon to those of us who have shared a similar experience. For those who suffer in silence, I hope my story brings some comfort, strength, peace and hope.

    Men in My Town is the story of my abduction, beating and rape and the unsolved brutal murder of the man who attacked me.

    Men in My Town by Keith Smith, available now at Amazon.com

    For additional information visit the Men in My Town blog at http://www.meninmytown.wordpress.com

    Email the author at MenInMyTown@aol.com

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