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Bucharest involved in dismantling largest Internet paedophile network ever

A Netherlands-based Internet paedophile network of nearly 70,000 members was dismantled by international police forces following a nearly three-year investigation involving experts from 13 countries, among which Romania, HotNews.ro quoted a Europol announcement Wednesday as saying.
“There have already been made 184 arrests, and 230 children, victims of these horrendous crimes, have been identified so far,” said Rob Wainwright, head of the European Police Office (EUROPOL), who confirmed this being one of the most successful stories in the past few years against what most likely is the largest Internet paedophile network ever. Europol have supported and coordinated the investigations for the past one and a half years. Authorities from 13 states worked jointly to track down the criminals worldwide.
The countries involved included Australia, Belgium, Canada, Greece, Iceland, Italy, The Netherlands, New Zealand, Poland, Romania, Spain, the UK and the United States. Inves­tigations are underway in other countries too, where several suspects have already been identified. The website operated from a server in The Netherlands and, at its peak, had nearly 70,000 members worldwide.

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