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Authorities Discover Global Child Porn Network

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Posted on Feb 7, 2007
Austrian police
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Police departments around the world have launched investigations following Austria’s discovery of an online child pornography network. By observing a targeted website for one day, investigators were able to gather the IP addresses of thousands of illicit downloaders from 77 countries.


BBC:

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.

Denmark’s news agency Ritzau said 19 Danes were involved in the investigation, according to police sources.

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.

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By Ipsi Dixit, December 2, 2008 at 10:28 am Link to this comment

Why don’t they just legalise child pornography like they do with adult pornography?  It seems utterly pointless to me to criminalise vast numbers of people just because they looked at a picture instead of going after those who actually commit the crime.  Not to put too fine apoint on it, it seems, like the war on drugs, merely a way of justifying intrusion into peoples lives and a pretext for repressive social legislation and thought-control through censorship.  The excuses for criminalising the mere possession of child pornography (as opposed to its production) rely on nothing but the flimsiest of (unproven and probably unprovable) assertions which appear to lack any scientific basis.  In fact, why don’t they reform the age of consent laws to reflect whether or not sexual acts done in private are genuinely consensual or not, instead of always assuming rape?

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By Quy Tran, February 8, 2007 at 10:20 am Link to this comment
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Is this beautiful world belonging to devils ?

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