Police arrested 27 people in the U.S., Canada, Australia and Britain, following a months-long investigation into an online chat room called "Kiddypics & Kiddyvids." Attorney General Alberto R. Gonzales remarked that the behaviour found in the chat room consisted of "the worst imaginable forms of child pornography." Victims molested by adults were as young as 18 months old, and at times the terrible acts were even offered on-demand through streaming video. Many new young children found to be victims have been discovered and rescued by police. The heinous crimes were also shared through peer-to-peer file sharing networks.
According to the New York Times, Canadian officials first alerted the U.S. Department of Homeland Security to the chat room, which prompted an international investigation. The Internet is being used increasingly by sexual predators who are becoming more sophisticated with online technology.
Posted by: Kelly Martin