The world was shocked by an announcement that was made by the Canadian police, it was confirmed that a total of 348 adults were arrested and this led to the rescue of approximately 400 children who were about to be subjected to the cruel and disgusting child pornography. The arrest was part of an international child pornography investigation.
The investigations began 6 years ago in 2010 when an undercover police officer in the Toronto Police Service Exploitation service came across a suspect who was sharing images of child abuse; in a statement made by Police Service Chief William Blair, that’s when the three year Project Spade began.
The Police managed to find the web site azovfilms.com; this site was used by the accomplices to run a child movie production and distribution company.
Behind the site was a 42-year old Brian Way who distributed and sold images of child exploitation across the globe; as reported by the police.
In collaboration with the United States Postal Inspection Service, the Toronto’s Sex Crimes Unit managed to further their investigations as reported by Inspector Joanna Beaven-Desjardins, this joint investigation succeeded since the majority of videos were exported to the United States of America.
The Police officers executed search warrants in Toronto having concluded the seven-months investigation.
In a press conference by the Inspector Beaven-Desjardins, a catalogue of hundreds of thousands of videos and images was collected, the Inspector added that the videos contained horrific sexual acts against young ones.
The distribution network distributed the videos and images to more than 50 countries including Sweden, Greece, Spain, and Australia. The authorities seized 45 terabytes of Data. The business was estimated to be worth $4-million.
The investigation led to the arrest of 164 people internationally, 76 in the United States, 58 in Canada, 50 in Ontario.
Inspector Beaven-Desjardins reported that most of the arrests were made to people who closely worked with children. Such included 40 school teachers, six police officers, nine pastors and three priests, nine doctors and nurses, and three foster parents.
The Inspector cited collaboration with other worldwide organizations as the main reason the operation succeeded. The man behind the business, known as Way was charged with 24 counts including importing and exporting child pornography, and possession of such content.