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50 children saved as global paedophile ring exposed

IANS  |  Paris 

At least 50 children were saved after the uncovered an international paedophile ring that was sharing child abuse images on the dark web, the media reported on Friday.

The police believe that there were still 100 children who have not yet been located, said in a report on Thursday, adding that it expected to make more arrests and rescues, reports

At least nine sex offenders have already been prosecuted in Thailand, and the US, the said, and police in nearly 60 countries are involved in the investigation.

In the report, Interpol said it launched "Operation Blackwrist" in 2017 after discovering material depicting the abuse of 11 boys all aged under 13 on the dark web, a part of the internet that cannot be found by

The images were on a subscription-based website that published new images weekly to almost 63,000 users worldwide.

In June 2017, (DSI) took on the case, working closely with and investigators around the world including in the US, Bulgaria, and

The first victims were identified in November that year, leading to arrests in and two months later.

In June 2018, the website's main administrator, Thailand-based Montri Salangam, was sentenced to 146 years in prison on charges of child rape and human trafficking, the Interpol said in the statement.

He had abused 11 boys, including his nephew, and had lured children to his home with meals, and football games.

A who was close to Tokputza was sentenced to 36 years in prison on the same charges, reported.

In May 2019, Ruecha Tokputza, an Australia-based website administrator, received 40 years and three months in prison, the longest sentence ever imposed in the country for child sex offences.

The police found thousands of images taken in and Australia on his devices, some of which featured Tokputza as the main abuser. The youngest victim depicted was only 15 months old.

Interpol Jürgen Stock said the investigation sent a clear message to those abusing children or sharing child sexual exploitation material: "We see you, and you will be brought to justice.

"Every child abuse image is evidence of a crime."



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First Published: Fri, May 24 2019. 15:20 IST