It takes a nation to protect the nation
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…
Absolutely disgusting! The sentences are way too short for such awful crimes. If you had mentioned a membership of 15 or so, I'd have been expected that, but 70.000 is a staggering number of perverts.
I've often wondered how these people locate each other? I wish the police would recruit the public to infiltrate these sites and get people arrested. I'd gladly do voluntary unpaid work and I'm sure a lot of people would. Was it always this bad, or is it just that it is reported more these days?
I think in this case, part of the problem is the beginning of the 'institutionalisation' of paedophilia in the Netherlands. What I mean by that is the Dutch Martijn party is trying to get under-age sex legalised. This kind of process is very dangerous, because over years, people stop getting shocked by it and start to think its normal. Its like the polygamy concept which Islam is bringing into normality in Europe. So that eventually, later generations will say "well, its not such a big deal".
The Dutch have let us all down here, by trying so desperately to be "tolerant", and by mis-understanding the nature of free speech and democracy. By extension, we must not relax our guard ourselves, where Islamic movements try to 'normalise' the concept of child sex by frequent repetition over many years.
Dear Heather, I don't know if you have Organisations devoted to protecting Children, and I don't know if you have a Branch of your Police that fight against (such) Crimes -> it is possible to contact them, as soon as you see something wrong, and report the Fact to them.
The Business with Sex and with Children got worst -> it became a Racket, and appearently one of the most profitable, together with that of Weapons and Drugs;
I think that Technology helped to "spread the (evil) Word", and that this Racket and these Rings became huger.
THE THING IS (WELL KNOW, ONCE YOU GET TO KNOW ABOUT THE PROBLEM), THAT THERE ARE V.I.Ps AND PULBIC FIGURES INVOLVED IN SUCH (A) RING(S),
and as you know "we are All equal, but someone is more than Others" [sentence from "Animal Farm", by George Orwell, to describe how Justice works when it comes to -> normal Citizens or -> V.I.Ps and public Figures],
therefore (INTER)NATIONAL Justice could not manage to stop this effectively
-> and of course, as Alan said, "cultural Justifications", concretely risk to legalize Pedophilia,
which means, they concretely risk to damage Children's Rights and all these (quite recent) Mouvements devoted to the Protection OF CHILDREN [the most vulnerable Beings (among us), and those most subjected to any kind of (mental, phisical) Abuse].
Here a greatest Documentary (that first I saw at KitmanTV), "60's sexual Revolution", "Kinsey's Pedophiles" ->
JUST ONE (WE) NEED(S) TO POINT OUT THE EFFECTIVE LACK OF INTERESTS FOR CHILDREN('S RIGHTS), AND A GODDESS WHO APPROACHED THE PROBLEM WAS -> Alice Miller
and here copied-pasted from her Site's Homepage:
Humiliations, spankings and beatings, slaps in the face, betrayal, sexual exploitation, derision, neglect, etc. are all forms of mistreatment, because they injure the integrity and dignity of a child, even if their consequences are not visible right away. However, as adults, most abused children will suffer, and let others suffer, from these injuries. This dynamic of violence can deform some victims into hangmen who take revenge even on whole nations and become willing executors to dictators as unutterably appalling as Hitler and other cruel leaders.
Beaten children very early on assimilate the violence they endured, which they may glorify and apply later as parents, in believing that they deserved the punishment and were beaten out of love. They don't know that the only reason for the punishments they have ( or in retrospect, had) to endure is the fact that their parents themselves endured and learned violence without being able to question it. Later, the adults, once abused children, beat their own children and often feel grateful to their parents who mistreated them when they were small and defenseless.
This is why society's ignorance remains so immovable and parents continue to produce severe pain and destructivity - in all "good will", in every generation. Most people tolerate this blindly because the origins of human violence in childhood have been and are still being ignored worldwide. Almost all small children are smacked during the first three years of life when they begin to walk and to touch objects which may not be touched. This happens at exactly the time when the human brain builds up its structure and should thus learn kindness, truthfulness, and love but never, never cruelty and lies. Fortunately, there are many mistreated children who find "helping witnesses" and can feel loved by them.
Yes we do have organizations for helping the victims of abuse. Fact remains that over 85% of cases are not prosecuted. Of those who are successfully prosecuted, the 'cure' rate is very low. There's something very twisted in the personalities of those who do abuse children. They are in deep denial and most believe that they have done nothing wrong. In many cases, they believe the child actually wanted this to happen. As if sexual molestation were not bad enough in itself, like all abusers, they have the clever knack of making the victim believe that it was their fault.
I'm convinced that a large proportion of judges are paedophiles. The lenient sentences that are handed out to these kretons just beggars belief. Segregating them in prison is so wrong! Placed with other abusers, they normalize their atrocities and compare fantasies. Is it any wonder they don't self reflect on their dysfunctional behaviour?
Alan I thought Holland had reduced the age of sexual consent to age twelve? I remember doing my nut about this about 20 years ago. I don't recall whether the legislation had been passed or whether it was up for discussion?