A huge pedophile ring has been exposed, two years since the launch of ‘Operation Pacifier’
The sting has now been responsible for 870 arrests over suspected pedophiles.
This news comes as Steven Chase, the alleged head of the pedophile network ‘playpen’ was sentenced to 30 years in prison.
Playpen used the dark-net to operate until it was infiltrated by FBI agents who were able to track down the perpetrators.
Chase was arrested in 2014 and was followed by many more arrests, with 259 sexually abused children being identified.
The story has been widely ignored by the mainstream press, however.
A moral question has been raised about the need for FBI agents to engage in the facilitating of pedophillic acts and practices such as sharing graphic images, as though this leads to the root of the problem, it implicates the officers.
The pedophile ring was infiltrated with the help of a warrant, but as the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) said “The warrant here did not identify any particular person to search or seize. Nor did it identify any specific user of the targeted website,” and “It did not even attempt to describe any series or group of particular users.”
Steven Wilson, head of Europol’s European Cybercrime Center said of the methods “We need to balance the rights of victims versus the right to privacy,” he continued “If we operate by 19th century legal principles then we are unable to effectively tackle crime at the highest level.”