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123 sexually exploited children identified by HSI during 'Operation Sunflower

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Post by Guest on 04.01.13 20:42

Of the 123 victims identified during Operation Sunflower:

Seventy were female and 53 were male.

- five were under the age of 3.
- nine were ages 4 to 6.
- twenty-one were ages 7 to 9.
- eleven were ages 10 to 12.
- thirty-eight were ages 13 to 15, and
- fifteen were ages 16 to 17.

Twenty-four of the victims identified are now adults who were victimized as children.

http://www.ice.gov/news/releases/1301/130103washingtondc.htm

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Post by Inspectorfrost on 09.01.13 1:33

Whyhas this to do with madeleine mccann?

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Post by Olympicana_Reloaded on 09.01.13 4:05

@Inspectorfrost wrote:Whyhas this to do with madeleine mccann?

What have any of the topics in the 'Have your say: News topics' section got to do with Madeleine McCann?

In case you hadn't noticed this section clearly states, 'Have your say about any other news topic here'.

For your information, HSI is a founding member and chair of the Virtual Global Taskforce, an international alliance of law enforcement agencies and private industry sector partners working together to prevent and deter online child sexual abuse. NCMEC is also a member of the VGT as is the UK's CEOP.

http://www.virtualglobaltaskforce.com

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Post by Guest on 09.01.13 9:49

@Olympicana_Reloaded wrote:
@Inspectorfrost wrote:Whyhas this to do with madeleine mccann?

What have any of the topics in the 'Have your say: News topics' section got to do with Madeleine McCann?

In case you hadn't noticed this section clearly states, 'Have your say about any other news topic here'.

For your information, HSI is a founding member and chair of the Virtual Global Taskforce, an international alliance of law enforcement agencies and private industry sector partners working together to prevent and deter online child sexual abuse. NCMEC is also a member of the VGT as is the UK's CEOP.

http://www.virtualglobaltaskforce.com

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Post by Olympicana_Reloaded on 05.02.13 13:45

Police infiltrate New Zealand paedophile ring, saving four children

February 5, 2013, 12:51 pm

Police across the country have smashed an alleged paedophile ring, saving four children from further abuse and making 35 referrals to overseas jurisdictions.

Detective Senior Sergeant John Michael, head of OCEANZ, part of the National Criminal Investigations Group, says a Police operation began in July last year involving staff across the country including Northland, Auckland City, Eastern, Canterbury and Southern Districts. The operation targeted paedophiles both in New Zealand and overseas.

"This morning, 41 year old Aaron John Ellmers has appeared in the Hastings District Court, pleading guilty to around 60 charges including sexual violation of children, stupefying, making an intimate visual recording, dealing in people for sexual exploitation and attempted sexual conduct with a child under 12."

He was remanded in custody to appear in the High Court at Hastings for sentencing in May 2013.

Two other New Zealand men, one in Canterbury and the other in Auckland, are also before the Courts facing various charges including sexual violation of children and making, possessing and distributing child abuse images.

D/S/S John Michael says as a result of the Police operation, four New Zealand children, ranging in age from 13 months to 13 years have been saved from further abuse. Police have also made 35 referrals to a number of Virtual Global Taskforce members including Australia, the United Kingdom, United States of America and Canada.

"This offending is like a spider web which has got wider and wider, involving offenders both here and overseas. Those facing charges have allegedly abused children, recorded that abuse and distributed it amongst themselves and overseas."

Detective Senior Sergeant Dave Greig, head of the Eastern District Child Protection Team says the Hawke's Bay-based investigators are grateful for today's guilty pleas, which will spare a number of very young victims and their families the indignity and trauma of the trial process.

D/S/S Greig is praising the work of OCEANZ staff, who had become aware of the offending initially.

"OCEANZ then collaborated with our District and our local staff assigned to this case have worked extremely hard over a number of months to identify the victims of this man's offending and fully investigate the extent of it."

He says this enquiry has presented significant challenges for local staff.

"None of us have been left untouched by the nature and depravity of this man's offending which has wreaked havoc on so many lives. It is heartening to know that the children involved have been saved from further offending and can now start to receive the support they need to put their lives back together."

D/S/S John Michael says paedophiles should not be fooled into thinking that the internet is an anonymous place where their despicable offending can occur undetected.

"Whilst paedophiles think the internet is their playground, it is the hunting ground for Police. We are always building our capability and capacity and we will continue to infiltrate these offenders, both here and overseas."

John Michael says, "Child victims almost always know their offenders, who have gained their trust and that of their parents, before the offending occurs. We urge parents and caregivers to be alert to the signs of this kind of abuse, but not alarmed."

"Parents should trust their instincts and if they have any concerns about any adult's behaviour or disturbing images found on any computers, call us or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111," says John Michael.

ENDS

The work of OCEANZ:

Since OCEANZ (Online Child Exploitation Across New Zealand) was established in 2009, a total of 38 New Zealand children have been rescued from abuse, and 57 children have been safeguarded from physical abuse and/or from further online offences.

A further 15 children have been rescued overseas and 6 safeguarded from further abuse, through the investigative work of OCEANZ.

For media queries, please contact Victoria Evans, Senior Media Advisor, Police Public Affairs on 0274 373 020.

http://www.police.govt.nz/news/release/34184.html

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Post by Olympicana_Reloaded on 06.02.13 14:56

Detective John Michael on paedophile ring bust (4:04)

Added: 7:30PM Tuesday February 05, 2013

Source: Breakfast

Detective Senior Sergeant John Michael talks to breakfast regarding the recent paedophile ring bust.

http://tvnz.co.nz/national-news/detective-john-michael-paedophile-ring-bust-video-5334669

Paedophile case shocks child safety group (4:20)

Added: 7:50PM Tuesday February 05, 2013

Source: Breakfast

Alan Bell from Ecpat talks to Breakfast about protecting children from sexual exploitation.

http://tvnz.co.nz/breakfast-news/paedophile-case-shocks-child-safety-group-video-5334773

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Re: 123 sexually exploited children identified by HSI during 'Operation Sunflower

Post by Olympicana_Reloaded on 19.03.13 17:13

Guest wrote:
@Olympicana_Reloaded wrote:
@Inspectorfrost wrote:Whyhas this to do with madeleine mccann?

What have any of the topics in the 'Have your say: News topics' section got to do with Madeleine McCann?

In case you hadn't noticed this section clearly states, 'Have your say about any other news topic here'.

For your information, HSI is a founding member and chair of the Virtual Global Taskforce, an international alliance of law enforcement agencies and private industry sector partners working together to prevent and deter online child sexual abuse. NCMEC is also a member of the VGT as is the UK's CEOP.

http://www.virtualglobaltaskforce.com


Arrest of UK man after joint taskforce efforts


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Post by bobbin on 19.03.13 21:56

@Olympicana_Reloaded wrote:
Guest wrote:
@Olympicana_Reloaded wrote:
@Inspectorfrost wrote:Whyhas this to do with madeleine mccann?

What have any of the topics in the 'Have your say: News topics' section got to do with Madeleine McCann?

In case you hadn't noticed this section clearly states, 'Have your say about any other news topic here'.

For your information, HSI is a founding member and chair of the Virtual Global Taskforce, an international alliance of law enforcement agencies and private industry sector partners working together to prevent and deter online child sexual abuse. NCMEC is also a member of the VGT as is the UK's CEOP.

http://www.virtualglobaltaskforce.com


Arrest of UK man after joint taskforce efforts


that is very interesting and refreshing news, thanks Olympicana_uploaded

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Post by Olympicana_Reloaded on 06.04.13 1:04

Man charged with child pornography offences - Sex Crimes Squad

Friday, 05 April 2013 07:29:37 PM

A 55-year-old Sydney man has been charged with child pornography offences after coming to the attention of police in both the United Kingdom and Australia.

In late 2011, it will be alleged the man participated in online discussions with another man in the UK about child abuse offences, with abuse of a UK child streamed online.

Further, in 2012, it will be alleged the man communicated online with a South Australian police officer who was posing as a woman, during which child abuse material was discussed.

Police from the United Kingdom and South Australia have been liaising closely with detectives from the Child Exploitation Internet Unit (CEIU), which is part of NSW Police Force’s Sex Crimes Squad.

Yesterday (Thursday 4 April 2013), CEIU detectives executed a search warrant on the man’s home unit in the Sydney CBD.

The man was not home at the time, but police seized computers and electronic storage devices. A significant quantity of child abuse material has been identified.

About 11.30am today (Friday 5 April 2013), the 55-year-old man was arrested when he attended The Rocks Police Station.

He was charged with using a carriage service for child pornography (x2); and possession of child abuse material. He was granted conditional bail to appear at Downing Centre Local Court on 26 April 2013.

Police conduct regular covert operations as part of their investigations into the sexual abuse and exploitation of children facilitated through the internet and related telecommunications devices.

http://www.police.nsw.gov.au/news/latest_releases

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Post by Olympicana_Reloaded on 09.04.13 10:01

Child protection agency applauds NZ Police

Tuesday, 9 April 2013, 5:43 pm
Press Release: ECPAT Child ALERT

A 49-year-old man in Ireland who offered to show a live film on the internet of himself having sex with a 13 year old boy was caught after Irish law enforcement received a tip-off from police in Britain and New Zealand.

The sex offender, who cannot be named to protect the identity of his victims, was caught downloading child porn when his house was raided.

Alan Bell from ECPAT Child ALERT applauds this international collaboration. “This is a great example of law enforcement agencies working together to bring offenders to justice. The New Zealand Police, Internal Affairs and Customs all have specialised forensic units not only monitoring illegal child sex abuse images in New Zealand but are also contributing to this global online exploitation of children. The Internet knows no borders and it is imperative that this crime is attacked both nationally and internationally” says Bell.

More than 50 images were recovered of the boy's abuse, which occurred at the man's house following a period of "grooming".

They police also recovered more than 50,000 other child pornography images and 3,000 video files from the man's computer equipment.

He had recorded his sexual abuse of the boy and distributed images through the internet using a programme to connect with others of a similar inclination. The offender had been promising another user he would have sex with the boy live on camera. He also pleaded guilty to possession and distribution of child pornography related to an image of a five-year-old boy.

He had categorised his online collection of child pornography images into several "levels", which he then shared with others based on the level of the images they shared with him.

Det Sgt Tom Mahon said that prior to the sexual abuse there was a period of "grooming" while the boy was aged between 12 and 13.

ECPAT states “These are not just virtual images. They are images of real children being abused – often very young and often filmed live to meet a customer’s perverted preferences. In this case the images were being traded and used as a form of currency. In other words the child victims were being bought and sold as commodities with their own face value. Law enforcement forensic technology in New Zealand is among the world’s best but to prevent this crime our whole society must become aware and ensure our children are adequately protected from the predators.”

The New Zealand Police had infiltrated a forum where people were exchanging child pornography and passed their information about the Irish offender on to Ireland authourities.

The man pleaded guilty to sample counts of production and distribution of child pornography, sexual exploitation of a minor, sexual assault, rape and attempted rape of the teenage boy. Mr Justice Carney imposed a 12-year sentence.

ENDS

http://www.independent.ie/irish-news/courts/man-who-planned-to-have-sex-with-boy-13-live-on-internet-is-jailed-29182716.html

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Post by Olympicana_Reloaded on 07.05.13 9:06

@Olympicana_Reloaded wrote:Police infiltrate New Zealand paedophile ring, saving four children

February 5, 2013, 12:51 pm

Police across the country have smashed an alleged paedophile ring, saving four children from further abuse and making 35 referrals to overseas jurisdictions.

Detective Senior Sergeant John Michael, head of OCEANZ, part of the National Criminal Investigations Group, says a Police operation began in July last year involving staff across the country including Northland, Auckland City, Eastern, Canterbury and Southern Districts. The operation targeted paedophiles both in New Zealand and overseas.

"This morning, 41 year old Aaron John Ellmers has appeared in the Hastings District Court, pleading guilty to around 60 charges including sexual violation of children, stupefying, making an intimate visual recording, dealing in people for sexual exploitation and attempted sexual conduct with a child under 12."

He was remanded in custody to appear in the High Court at Hastings for sentencing in May 2013.

Two other New Zealand men, one in Canterbury and the other in Auckland, are also before the Courts facing various charges including sexual violation of children and making, possessing and distributing child abuse images.

D/S/S John Michael says as a result of the Police operation, four New Zealand children, ranging in age from 13 months to 13 years have been saved from further abuse. Police have also made 35 referrals to a number of Virtual Global Taskforce members including Australia, the United Kingdom, United States of America and Canada.

"This offending is like a spider web which has got wider and wider, involving offenders both here and overseas. Those facing charges have allegedly abused children, recorded that abuse and distributed it amongst themselves and overseas."

Detective Senior Sergeant Dave Greig, head of the Eastern District Child Protection Team says the Hawke's Bay-based investigators are grateful for today's guilty pleas, which will spare a number of very young victims and their families the indignity and trauma of the trial process.

D/S/S Greig is praising the work of OCEANZ staff, who had become aware of the offending initially.

"OCEANZ then collaborated with our District and our local staff assigned to this case have worked extremely hard over a number of months to identify the victims of this man's offending and fully investigate the extent of it."

He says this enquiry has presented significant challenges for local staff.

"None of us have been left untouched by the nature and depravity of this man's offending which has wreaked havoc on so many lives. It is heartening to know that the children involved have been saved from further offending and can now start to receive the support they need to put their lives back together."

D/S/S John Michael says paedophiles should not be fooled into thinking that the internet is an anonymous place where their despicable offending can occur undetected.

"Whilst paedophiles think the internet is their playground, it is the hunting ground for Police. We are always building our capability and capacity and we will continue to infiltrate these offenders, both here and overseas."

John Michael says, "Child victims almost always know their offenders, who have gained their trust and that of their parents, before the offending occurs. We urge parents and caregivers to be alert to the signs of this kind of abuse, but not alarmed."

"Parents should trust their instincts and if they have any concerns about any adult's behaviour or disturbing images found on any computers, call us or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111," says John Michael.

ENDS

The work of OCEANZ:

Since OCEANZ (Online Child Exploitation Across New Zealand) was established in 2009, a total of 38 New Zealand children have been rescued from abuse, and 57 children have been safeguarded from physical abuse and/or from further online offences.

A further 15 children have been rescued overseas and 6 safeguarded from further abuse, through the investigative work of OCEANZ.

For media queries, please contact Victoria Evans, Senior Media Advisor, Police Public Affairs on 0274 373 020.

http://www.police.govt.nz/news/release/34184.html

Paedophile sentencing brings end to offending

May 7, 2013, 4:30 pm

Police are relieved they have brought to an end an alarming trail of child sex offending with the jailing today of a Hawke's Bay paedophile.

Aaron Ellmers, 41, of Hastings, was sentenced to preventive detention with a minimum term of imprisonment of 20 years when he appeared in the Napier High Court today for sentencing on a raft of child sex offences. Ellmers admitted the charges in February. He was part of an international paedophile ring that was smashed by police last year.

Officer in charge of the case, Detective Senior Sergeant Dave Greig of the Eastern Child Protection Team, said Ellmers' offending was some of the worst police had encountered and there was huge relief he could no longer inflict harm on more children.

"Ellmers was a very cunning and manipulative paedophile who had no regard for his victims or their families. Often police are the only voice for child sex abuse victims and in this case, we can express great satisfaction on behalf of the families that this man will be behind bars for a very long," Mr Greig said.

A joint police approach to uncovering sex offenders had contributed to today's successful conviction and sentencing. A joint investigation by the Eastern District Child Protection Team and the specialist police unit OCEANZ (Online Child Exploitation Across New Zealand) had proved highly successful.

"Our response to child sex offending is very comprehensive and is focussed on prevention. We're continuously reviewing and adapting our investigative techniques to address any advances in technology that might provide sex offenders with more opportunities to offend. With a joint approach between districts and OCEANZ, we have an increasing range of resources that can be effectively used to investigate the sexual abuse of children," Mr Greig said.

"Child sex offenders should be put on notice that our approach to this type of crime is proactive. We are actively seeking out those individuals who would offend against our most vulnerable members of society. We intend to hold offenders to account and most importantly, deny them further opportunities to harm more victims."

END

https://www.police.govt.nz/news/release/34980.html

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