Feds: 1,600 Children Lured Into Child Porn Ring Via YouTube, Webcams
Federal authorities have just convicted eight American men in connection with an international child exploitation ring that had been operating secretly online.
“1,600 children have been drawn to at least two pedophile’s websites, one in the U.S. and the other in South Africa,” Paul Tilsley reported from Johannesburg.
“The ring drew in children and pedophiles from the U.S., Canada, Sweden, Australia, Holland and South Africa.”
Most of the children lured to these pornography websites were between the ages of 8 and 13.
Sources say that pedophiles lured the kids into their crime ring first by befriending them on popular websites like YouTube.
“There, the men played specially recorded videos of kids, as if they were live chats,” said Tilsley.
They coerced the children “to perform sexually explicit acts, which were automatically recorded, through the children’s own webcams.”
The sites have now been closed down.
But “Operation Subterfuge, as it’s known, is not over yet,” reported TIlsley.
The Justice Department is now trying to extradite a South African man who has been sentenced to 10 years for child pornography to the U.S.