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Post by Olympicana_Reloaded on 24.08.13 3:24

Top executives from banks, insurance firms, legal practices and IT companies are said to be on the growing list of alleged South African paedophiles linked to an international child-porn ring.

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/africaandindianocean/southafrica/10257461/Major-South-African-child-porn-ring-linked-to-prestigious-private-school.html

The Times can today reveal that a specially established police task team is investigating 50 suspected paedophiles in South Africa.

Initially thought to comprise 26 people, the list is growing rapidly.

Last week six men, including a headmaster, a retired school principal, a teacher, a dermatologist, a LegalAid lawyer and a businessman were arrested in raids across the country.

They have all been charged with being in possession of child pornography.

The six - along with other suspects - are alleged to have subscribed to a Canadian website that supplies child pornography to paedophiles globally.

Police spokesman Lieutenant-General Solomon Makgale said yesterday 30 search warrants had been obtained in connection with the "nearly 50 suspects we are investigating".

"The people we arrested and are looking for are professionals."

Makgale declined to elaborate on the professions of the suspects.

"We arrested the six because we had evidence and exhibits relating to alleged child pornography.

"There are other people we suspect of being involved in child pornography, but we could not arrest them because we are awaiting results from the analysis of computers, external hard drives, memory sticks, cameras and video cameras seized in the raids.

"They did electronic transactions. It is there. They cannot reverse that. Our job is to find and secure the evidence," Makgale said.

Analysis of hundreds of DVDs, computers and computer equipment is expected to be completed by late next week.

Police cyber crime experts are trawling through the databases while investigators are racing to finalise their suspect list, secure search and arrest warrants and identify more suspected paedophiles.

Many of the identified suspects are being monitored by other government agencies alerted to the operation, said a policeman with knowledge of the investigation.

He said a number of them have links to high-profile companies and professional practices.

"They are not small fry. A few are said to be quite powerful," he said, adding that the list of suspects was expected to grow as investigators received more information.

"Many of the electronic devices, computers and hard drives are encrypted.

"There are a number of the suspects, married, with children and living so-called normal lives, who are being incredibly uncooperative," said the officer.

He said cyber crime specialists had to "break" into the devices, which takes time.

LegalAid spokesman Mpho Phasha confirmed that one of the organisation's attorneys, employed as a senior legal manager in the North West, had been arrested.

The attorney had been employed by LegalAid SA since 1995. He has since resigned.

The attorney resigned the day he was arrested. The arrests were made in White River, Mpumalanga; Florida, west of Johannesburg; Carletonville, Gauteng; Potchefstroom and Lichtenburg, North West, and Bloemfontein, Free State.

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Post by Olympicana_Reloaded on 28.10.13 15:34

Child porn rife in SA

As investigations intensify into what is thought to be South Africa's biggest child porn ring, Interpol has warned that it is unlikely to be the only one operating in the country.

Six suspects were arrested in August and 70 more have been identified in the past two months.

Though he refused to be drawn on the specifics of the investigation, Interpol's human trafficking and child exploitation head, Michael Moran, said: "What you are seeing in South Africa now is what other countries saw a few years ago - and what more countries will see in the future."

The six people arrested - a teacher, two school principals, a dermatologist, a businessman and a lawyer - face charges of manufacturing child pornography.

They are accused of purchasing child porn from an international paedophile ring operating in Canada, the US, Europe and Australasia.

"They are not necessarily as big, but they are there and they are active, very active. The reality is that these individuals and groups are everywhere, in every single country, and they are definitely in South Africa.

"It is now a matter of catching them. This type of crime requires [huge] resources to stop."

Moran said that though South African police were trying their best to arrest members of child porn rings they faced an uphill battle.

"Unfortunately there are more cases than resources - that is the sad fact. There is definitely no decline in such cases.

"We need to be asking who these people are and where they come from.

"Are they neighbours, friends, relatives? The vast majority of these perpetrators appear to be regular guys, just like you and me - school teachers, sports coaches, businessmen."

Moran said most of the rings' victims were under 10 years old.

"This is a massive problem. What we see, not only in South Africa, but across the world, is no more than the tip of the iceberg.

Every year, globally, we receive hundreds of such cases and the numbers continue to rise."

Moran said it was impossible to give exact figures on the number of children being abused.

"It is a hidden crime, incredibly hard to identify and even harder to stop. It is an incredibly lucrative business.

"These groups use the latest technology not only to commit their crimes but also to stay ahead of law enforcement, forcing us at Interpol to adapt our strategies, and use and exploit the technology, in turn, to stop these people."

Interpol has established a hi-tech policing centre in Singapore in its "new war" against global multi-billion-dollar organised crime syndicates.

Among its many initiatives, the centre is considering developing improved voice-recognition technology.

Interpol secretary-general Ronald Noble said: "If state-of-the-art tools are needed, we will deliver, and if they do not exist we will design them from scratch.

"If vital information is needed we will 'drag' our network to the front-lines of policing.

"If officers need special skills, we will train them."

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