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    this is just so incedibly sad :(

    Austria Busts Global Child Porn Ring Involving Over 2,360 Suspects
    Wednesday, February 07, 2007



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    VIENNA, Austria —

    Austrian authorities said Wednesday they have uncovered a major international child pornography ring involving more than 2,360 suspects from 77 countries, including hundreds in the United States, who paid to view videos of young children being sexually abused.

    The children were under the age of 14 and screams could be heard, said Harald Gremel, an Austrian police expert on Internet crime who headed the investigation.
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    ewwwww, some people are so sick it's pathetic. the poor children.

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    Sickening. Throw these $%#^ into gen pop in your local prison. Disseminate thier faces and priors to the crooks and let nature takes its course
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    What utter depravity it must take to derive perverse sexual pleasure from the painwracked screams of a child?

    The mere imagination of such is sickening...

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    More detail on how the bust came about.

    http://thescotsman.scotsman.com/inte...m?id=206022007

    Child porn ring is smashed
    VERONIKA OLEKSYN

    AUSTRIA has broken up a global internet child pornography ring involving 2,361 suspects in 77 countries, with the material uploaded from Britain.

    The country's interior minister, Günther Platter, yesterday said the FBI was investigating about 600 of the suspects in the United States. German authorities were following leads on another 400 people, France was looking into more than 100 others, and 23 suspects were Austrians, he said.

    Mr Platter said images showing "the worst kind of child sexual abuse" were included in the videos.

    "Girls could be seen being raped, and you could hear screams," said Harald Gremel, an Austrian police expert on internet crime who headed the investigation, adding that the children in the videos were aged 14 and under.

    "One can explicitly see sexual acts with children," Mr Gremel said.

    No Austrian suspects were yet in custody, authorities said, adding that they shared their information with law enforcement agencies in other countries in the hope all suspects could be investigated.

    Mr Gremel said he could provide no details about investigations outside Austria, but noted that co-operation with Russian authorities had intensified over the past two weeks.

    Mr Gremel said the investigation began in July, when a man working for a Vienna-based internet file-hosting service approached officials at the interior ministry to say he noticed the pornographic material during a routine check.

    Mr Gremel said a link to the videos was posted on a Russian website, which is no longer in operation. The videos hosted on the Austrian server were freely accessible, but users had to pay 69 by credit card to access more pornographic material in a "members only" area on the Russian website.

    Within 24 hours, the man recorded more than 8,000 hits from 2,361 computer addresses in 77 countries, ranging from Algeria to South Africa, Mr Gremel told reporters.

    He said the man blocked access to the videos while recording the net addresses of people who continued to try to download the material, and gave the details to authorities.

    In Austria, the possession of pornographic material showing children 14 and under is punishable by up to two years in prison. Possession of material showing children aged between 14 and 18 carries a maximum one-year sentence.

    Germany's federal criminal office said about 200 suspects linked to the case in Germany had been identified and were facing prosecution.

    Mr Gremel said that in Austria, the youngest person implicated was 17 and the oldest was 69, with the suspects ranging from students to retired people.

    He said investigators believed the videos were made in eastern Europe and uploaded to the site from somewhere in Britain. However, he noted that one girl also looked Asian.

    The large amount of video material available on the internet made it difficult for authorities to track it down, Mr Gremel said.

    In Austria, authorities seized 31 home computers, seven laptops, 1,232 DVDs and CDs, 1,428 discs and 213 video cassettes, Mr Gremel said. Police displayed some of the seized material at a news conference yesterday.

    Of the Austrian suspects, 14 are alleged to have admitted downloading the videos, Mr Gremel added.

    Mr Gremel said, as a father, he found it difficult to deal with the situation, but added: "You always gain new strength when you clear up a case."

    Police say the probe is not yet over. Scotland Yard has become involved and more details of the British end of the operation are likely to emerge within days.

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    I think the Arab practice of castrating those convicted of sex crimes is brutal and uncivilized...


    but I see their point more and more.

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    Uncivilized? I think their balls should be cut off, their hands cut off and if they find women that allow they should be stitched up.
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