As if being able to find photos and videos of child porn online wasn’t horrible enough, it seems that pedophiles have taken their perversion to a whole new level when they started to offer live streaming of videos of people abusing children. Well the good news is that thanks to the combined efforts of police in the UK, US, and Australia, they have managed to take down an international ring of pedophiles who have been accused of streaming live videos of children being abused in the Philippines. According to the report, police have managed to arrest 29 people as part of “Operation Endeavor”. The investigation was launched back in 2012 and while it did take a while, we guess it’s better late than never.
So far 15 children aged between 6 and 15 have been taken into custody, with police estimating that payments amounting to $61,268 have been made so far, with some of them going to the families of the children who reportedly were complicit in selling the videos as well. According to the National Crime Agency’s Deputy Director of Child Exploitation and Online Protection, Andy Baker, “This investigation has identified some extremely dangerous child sexual offenders who believed paying for children to be abused to order was something they could get away with. Being thousands of miles away makes no difference to their guilt. In my mind they are just as responsible for the abuse of these children as the contact abusers overseas.”