Police have rescued 386 kids in a massive child porn investigation that resulted in the arrest of 348 people across the globe.
Canadian police said Project Spade resulted in the arrest of 108 people in Canada, 76 in the United States, and others all over the world, The Associated Press reported
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“It is alleged that officers seized hundreds of thousands of videos detailing horrific sexual acts against very young children, some of the worst that they have ever viewed," Inspector Joanna Beaven-Desjardins told the AP.
Little information was given about the children who were “rescued from child exploitation,” the AP said. The investigation was launched with the arrest of a Canadian man, Brian Way, who ran a company that allegedly distributed child pornography videos.
Way apparently taught people how to make the videos of children ages 5 to 12 years old, and then Way’s company would distribute them internationally, the AP reported.
Canada’s National Post reported that those arrested included school teachers, doctors, nurses, pastors and foster parents.
The U.S. Postal Inspection Service offered the National Post a “snapshot” of people arrested, including a school employee who apparently hid a video camera in a student washroom and a baseball coach.
The far-reaching investigation involved 50 countries. In Spain, the Spanish National police investigated 42 people and rescued 19 children, the Toronto Star said
“This is a crime which is hidden, and which without this kind of operation we can put to the light,” a Spanish investigator said. “We can find hands-on abuse, and we could never have known about this in any other way.”
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