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Dutch probe hidden US child porn sites

2011-08-31 22:22

Amsterdam - Dutch police have uncovered huge caches of child pornography on "hidden" websites, including four based in the United States, prosecutors announced on Wednesday.

The discovery was made as part of the far-reaching investigation into a suspected paedophile identified only as Robert M who was arrested in Amsterdam last year. He is accused of abusing dozens of young children while he worked in at least two Amsterdam preschools.

The Dutch police's National Investigations Office said in a statement it had managed to infiltrate several "hidden services" sites internationally where users can surf the internet and communicate anonymously.

There, they found some 220 000 child pornography photos and videos.

Four of the websites were housed on two servers based in the United States. Investigators managed to break into them and access the images as well as online chats that included identifying details of users of the sites. The details are being turned over to the FBI, prosecutors said.

Prosecution spokesperson Wim de Bruin said no arrests have yet been made as a result of the discovery.

Prosecutors said they saved the images as evidence before deleting them from the servers.

One of the hidden sites police discovered was called "Violent Desires".

"As well as child pornography, it contained a discussion forum that included chats about abducting, abusing and killing children," prosecutors said.

They also gained access as visitors to 11 sites containing child pornography, where they posted police warning signs in a move designed to scare off people accessing the sites.

Robert M was arrested last December and his computers seized. Prosecutors say he has confessed to dozens of sex crimes inflicted on boys and girls aged under four years.

Comments
  • Johannes Viljoen - 2011-09-01 07:25

    There u go catch them!! Sick Sick Sick, only in Europe ai

      oddearring - 2011-09-01 08:16

      do not believe that. If you dig deep you will find them here too.

      Jamie - 2011-09-01 08:53

      It happens in SA, just that firstly they don't view it as wrong, and secondly, they don't use computers to post it on the web.

      maneki - 2011-09-01 09:47

      What kind of sick horrible person do you have to be to actually WANT to harm a child? I hope that they catch every single one of the users of these sick sick sites. There really should be an international law that ANYONE found guilty of child pornography and abuse, or rape should NOT get ANY prison sentence, they should be immediately excecuted. Let's remove this filth from society, not try to rehabilitate them, or pay for their continued existence in our jails.

  • Daemos1 - 2011-09-01 08:07

    sick f**ks

  • ConcernedMom - 2011-09-01 08:22

    I hope he rots in jail. "Children under 4"....what is wrong with these people!!!!! The really scary part is there are SOOOO MANY OF THEM OUT THERE. The people viewing these photographs are just as guilty as the people taking and participating in the photographs. There must be something we can do. This world becomes more twisted everyday.

  • Fu Manchu - 2011-09-01 09:12

    I wish there was still prisons like the ones you had in medieval times, with all sorts of torture devices and sadistic prison guards. I really hope there is a hell that they can go to.

  • amanda.agulhas - 2011-09-01 10:25

    Here in South Africa they work as 'caretakers' at primary schools, live normal lives, are loved by the family as husband, dad and grandpa. But they still devastate lives.

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    Ireland 's worst air disaster occurred early this morning when a small two-seater Cessna plane crashed into a cemetery. Irish search and rescue workers have recovered 2826 bodies so far and expect that number to climb as digging continues into the night.

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