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Two Slough men jailed for child sex offences

Published February 17, 2015 by JS2

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Two men have been jailed for sexual offences against three girls.

Esmatullah Haidaree, 46, of Farm Crescent, Slough, and Azim Ahmed, 23, of Diamond Road, Slough, were convicted at Reading Crown Court, in December.

Haidaree was found guilty of two counts of inciting a child to engage in sexual activity and four counts of sexual assault and Ahmed was convicted of five counts of sexual activity with a child.

Ahmed was jailed for six years and Haidaree was sentenced to 24 months.

Both had denied the offences, which were committed in 2013.

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They have also been ordered to sign the sex offenders’ register and have been banned from working with children. The judge also issued each of the men with a 10-year sex offences prevention order and a restraining order for 10 years.

The pair were arrested in May and June 2013, following an investigation by Thames Valley Police’s Child Abuse Investigation Unit.

They were charged in March 2014 in relation to incidents involving three girls aged 14 and 15.

During the early hours of Sunday, 7 April 2013, the police were contacted by a member of the public who reported two girls were in a flat in Slough sleeping on a spare mattress.

Police said they discovered the girls, along with a third victim, had been abused by Haidaree and Ahmed.

BBC News

I passed on the names of 26 victims of grooming gangs, but my bosses did nothing, says former GMP detective

Published October 15, 2014 by JS2

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The allegations were made by a former senior officer who said she raised the alarm over grooming gangs more than a decade ago

Suspected paedophiles are walking free in Manchester because of GMP’s failure to investigate claims of child sex abuse, a former senior officer has alleged.

Former detective constable Margaret Oliver said she first warned her bosses that Asian grooming gangs were preying on vulnerable girls in a report more than 10 years ago.

But despite passing on the names of at least 26 victims – and the men they had identified as abusers – she claims nothing was done and the problem has now reached epidemic proportions.

“From that time we have had 10 years where that problem has been allowed to develop and to grow and grow and grow,” she told ITV news.

Another former detective who reportedly raised the issue again in 2010 backed up her claims, alleging anonymously: “I told them young girls were being abused but they didn’t listen or resource the investigation.

“They were only interested in target crimes: robbery, burglary and car theft.

“Because this kind of crime is difficult to prosecute and didn’t show up quickly on crime figures they weren’t interested.”

The father of one of the victims of the Rochdale grooming gang also told the investigation GMP were not doing enough.

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Nine men were jailed over the abuse in 2012, but he said his daughter was promised there would be more arrests after she picked out other perpetrators in an identity parade last year.

Claiming there was “no follow-up, no anything”, he said: ”It tells me they are not dealing with it correctly.”

GMP chief constable Sir Peter Fahy – who is facing an IPCC probe into separate allegations of a mishandled sex offence case – admitted there had been mistakes in the past.

He said: “Some of our officers developed a mindset that victims in these sorts of cases would always be unreliable, and I think that was also a mindset which developed among prosecutors as well.”

Police’s attitudes had now changed, he claimed, but the court system had not.

Sir Peter said it meant GMP had to take a “broader” approach to preventing abuse, by taking away suspects’ away taxi licences, shutting down their shops or prosecuting them for other crimes.

“If that’s the only thing we can get them for, then that’s what we have to get them for,” he said.

by Manchester Evening News

Child abuse search warrants ‘refused on age of information’

Published October 5, 2014 by JS2

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Delays in a police force receiving details on child abuse suspects from the UK agency tackling such abuse online, has led to search warrants being refused, it has emerged.

Bedfordshire Police said it tried to search homes as part of the global child exploitation sting Project Spade.

But magistrates refused permission, saying the 17-month delay meant the information was too old, police said.

Former child protection head Jim Gamble called it “ridiculous”.

The Judicial Office refused to comment.

Toronto Police in Canada gave the Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre (CEOP) details about 2,345 UK suspects in July 2012 after they were caught buying suspect videos online.

‘Foolhardy and risky’

But the images were graded as the lowest risk and were not passed from CEOP onto local police forces for more than a year.

That decision is currently the subject of an investigation by the Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC).

Since then high profile abusers have emerged from these suspects, including a Cambridge doctor who preyed on terminally ill children and a Southend teacher who filmed his pupils undressing.

The BBC has learned 153 suspects from Project Spade come from the East of England, according to figures from seven out of eight of the region’s police forces.

Project Spade investigations

Police force How many suspects identified by CEOP? What happened next?
Bedfordshire Police 15 No prosecutions so far. Two cases ongoing
Cambridgeshire Police 24 Investigations carried out on eight suspects, but no further details released
Essex Police 35 Five charges against a fireman, three against a bus driver over indecent images. One suspect teacher found dead
Hertfordshire Police 25 Five people arrested and bailed, including a nursery worker and two teachers
Norfolk Police 23 Ten people charged with offences including making and possessing indecent images. Occupations include an antiques dealer, a mechanic and a lorry driver. Five people so far convicted
Northamptonshire Police 13 No arrests, but one suspect questioned over another investigation
Suffolk Police 18 One suspect apaedophile doctor. Another man charged, one man bailed and another released. Five men out of the country. One man already jailed for a rape. Four suspects outstanding
Thames Valley Police No information provided No information provided

In Bedfordshire three warrants were refused “due to the age of the intelligence and the timescale difference of when the force received the information”, police said.

Hertfordshire Police said five cases had not progressed “due to the age of offences and lack of supporting evidence”, but it has yet to say whether it was refused search warrants.

Jim Gamble, who ran CEOP between 2006 and 2010, said magistrates’ decisions to refuse warrants apparently on the basis of the time delay , were “almost unbelievable” and “ridiculous”.

“There’s no denying there was a huge error at CEOP, in part due to the huge pressure that staff there are under,” he said.

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Paedophile doctor Myles Bradbury emerged from a list of “low risk” suspects

When would a magistrate refuse a warrant?Paul Allen, from the Magistrates’ Association, said in many cases search warrants are refused because the magistrate has either not been given enough information or the cases are too old.

“The older it is, the less likely magistrates are to grant it,” he said.

“For example, if it was a drugs case and officers came to me requesting a warrant a month later, it’s very likely the drugs would no longer be at the house.

“Magistrates are quite within their rights not to grant a warrant unless further information shows that what they are looking for is going to be in the house.

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“But it’s foolhardy and risky for magistrates to ignore cases on the basis of them going stale.

“Experience shows it is never just once that people offend, they gravitate from online viewing to offline doing.”

Regarding the Bedfordshire warrants, he said the force should “seriously revisit and seek alternatives if possible”.

Bedfordshire Police has declined to comment further.

A spokesman for the Judicial Office, part of the Courts and Tribunals Judiciary, said it does not comment on individual cases. Thames Valley Police was asked how many suspects from the CEOP information were within its force area and what actions were taken, but did not provide the BBC with the information.

BBC

UK paedophiles pay to watch webcam child sex abuse in Philippines

Published October 5, 2014 by JS2

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British paedophiles are paying to watch the abuse of children in the Philippines via webcams, a BBC investigation has found.

In one case, a British man organised the sexual abuse of five children from the same family.

Charities believe tens of thousands of children are victims of the trade.

On Thursday, Britain’s National Crime Agency will reveal how it is working with the American, Australian and Philippine police to target abusers.

A BBC team travelled to the slum of Ibabao, near Cebu City in the south of the country.

‘Easy money’

Local charities call it the “epicentre” of the trade.

For our own safety, we had a police escort; one of the officers carried an assault rifle.

Officer Denis Comunay, who regularly patrols the slum, said: “You can get easy money from the cybersex.”

He showed us a small house, with a corrugated iron roof.

It was almost empty inside apart from a dirty mattress on the floor and electric sockets hanging from the ceiling.

Angus Crawford visits a refuge for victims of cybersex abuse in the city of Cebu

It was what he calls a cybersex den.

“Fathers and mothers would bring their children here to show, and would get paid by the owner of the house,” he said.

He explained the property owner forced her own children to “perform” for foreigners using a webcam.

Other people in the community who heard there was money to be made then brought their children too.

At a house nearby there were family photos on the walls, washing still hanging on the line, but it was deserted.

It too was raided by police – a child of two was taken into care.

Public morality

All of the neighbours said they were shocked to hear about the cases but denied they knew what was going on.

One said: “How can I know when the house is closed and I did not get inside and see what they are doing?”

But a recent survey indicated that 80 houses in the area were involved in the trade.

Noemi Truya-Abarientos, who works for the Children’s Legal Bureau aiming to provide judicial help for abuse victims, said: “It has become a cottage industry.”

She blamed poverty and a breakdown in public morality for the rise in the trade, explaining that local businessmen rented out laptops and USB internet connections, so it was easy for families to start.

Parents use internet chatrooms to find “clients” and receive payment through international money transfers.

They justify what they do by claiming that foreign paedophiles do not actually touch the children.

Noemi said this was a myth. “The client gives the instruction to touch this and touch that.

“They even send sex toys to these children.”

In Angeles City in the north of the country there were two houses in a slum area raided in 2012 by police from the UK, the Philippines, Australia and the US, showing that law enforcement around the world is starting to tackle the problem.

One neighbour said: “They arrest this person and put them in a van and they take the children away.”

Twelve children aged between five and 15 were rescued and several of their relatives were arrested.

‘Growing demand’

The operation followed the arrest of British man Timothy Ford, from Kettering, in Northamptonshire, the same year. He is now serving an eight-and-a-half year sentence in a UK prison.

When detectives analysed his laptop, they found obscene images and records of money transfers to the parents – he had paid to watch the abuse of five of the children.

He paid as little as £13 to watch what he called “a show”.

Officers found he planned to buy property in the area and set up an internet cafe.

Father Shay Cullen, who runs the Preda Foundation – a charity that rescues victims in the nearby city of Olongapo – said: “More and more parents are pushing their children to get involved in this, to make big money.

“There’s a huge growing demand and there’s a growing supply.”

The Philippine government estimates that between 60,000 and 100,000 children are victims of sexual exploitation, many of them in cybersex.

While some children are forced to take part by their own family, others are made to work in cybersex dens by pimps.

This is what happened to Lani when she was 15. “The cybersex den is an evil kind of profession,” she told us.

Her aunt promised her a job as a nanny, but when she got to the house she was told she had to “chat” to foreigners.

The “chat” soon turned into demands for her to take off her clothes and “perform” for the men watching on the webcam.

“Perhaps when people hear about cybersex they think it doesn’t have any physical effect,” she said.

“But it can do things to your core. It can take things from you, your dignity and your purity.”

Father Cullen warns that men in the West who pay to watch abuse in poor countries may go on to commit other offences.

“It’s the warm-up for a sexual assault on a child,” he said.

“And next time it’s going to be a child in the UK.”

BBC

Apparent U.S. crackdown cripples Dark Web’s pedophile communities

Published August 9, 2013 by JS2

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On Saturday morning, a shock wave hit the Dark Web, a collection of sites hide behind walls of encryption and anonymity on the Tor network.

Someone or some group, most likely a U.S. law enforcement agency, had compromised and essentially destroyed Freedom Hosting, the Dark Web’s most popular anonymous hosting company. At the time of the attack, the company hosted dozens of forums that trafficked in illegal content, from money laundering to child porn.

It began with the arrest in Ireland last week of 28-year-old Eric Eoin Marques. The FBI has called Marques the “largest facilitator of child porn on the planet,” and is asking the Irish government to extradite him to the U.S.

A U.S. Department of Justice representative, which handles extradition cases, declined to comment on the case Tuesday. But a mountain of circumstantial evidence all points to Marques as the man behindFreedom Hosting. That would make the FBI’s accusations about his role in facilitating child porn more than just hyperbole. Freedom Hosting’s no-questions-asked policy saw the rise of numerous forums devoted to the distribution of graphic child abuse photographs and advice on how to get away with raping children.

The arrest has terrified this formerly thriving pedophile community.

Shortly after Marques went into custody, someone inserted malicious Javascript exploits into multiple Freedom Hosting websites—both those that specialized in illegal content and those that didn’t. The code attempted to track users, collecting information from their browsing history that might be used to identify them. It’s not clear who created the exploit, but an IP address in the code tracked back to Science Applications Internation Corp., an intelligence contractor with ties to the National Security Agency. Many pedophile forums whose administrators were initially pleading for a calm and level-headed response to the news have since disappeared from the Dark Web.

Early Saturday morning, an administrator on the 4Pedo forum typed a hurried, all-caps farewell to his community after detecting the exploits.

ALL BOARDS HAVE BEEN DELETED TO PROTECT YOU! IF THE BOARDS COME BACK UP, IT IS NOT ME RUNNING THE SITE ANYMORE! ALL ADMIN/MOD ACCOUNTS HAVE BEEN DELETED!”

Several other forums, even numerous pedophile communities not hosted by Freedom Hosting, have taken their websites offline or created new sites with prominent security warnings. (“Turn off all scripts in your browser!”)

Among users of onions, which is what Tor websites are called due to the multiple layers of anonymizing protection they provide, the debate over Freedom Hosting’s role in distributing child pornography is as lively as ever.

Critics are saying that Freedom Hosting was well aware of the child pornography on its servers—after all, it made headlines in 2011—and should be held responsible. Others argue that the anonymizing software that benefits pedophiles also helps dissidents living under oppressive regimes. The good, they say, outweighs the bad.

“He is not a ‘[child porn] host’ like the media tells you but a host without rules on which people from around the world hosted all kinds of websites,” wrote one user in an emblematic discussion at Reddit’s r/onions forum. ”I hate [child porn] but true freedom is also for things you hate the most. FBI exploit is bad because it will catch lots of innocent people.”

“I think this line of reasoning will never gain traction among the masses, and they are the ones who elect officials,” replied another. “Any and every action against the purveyors of CP is seen as excusable, collateral damage be damned.”

The response? “Then you’re next.”

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Indeed, it’s important to remember that Freedom Hosting was home to more than just pedophile forums. Hacking and fraud marketplaces, money launderers, an anonymous banking system, and more resided on its servers.

Until last week, Tor Mail was the de-facto king of anonymous email. It was used by hackers at credit fraud markets like HackBB and drug dealers at websites such as Silk Road because the service was hidden and promised to be warrant-proof, unlike mainstream services such as Gmail which are subject to American law.

Some users are wondering if this attack was aimed at least partially at Tor Mail, whose servers may hold a potential gold mine of information on, for instance, some of Silk Road’s most successful vendors. It’s unclear what, if anything, enforcement has been able to recover and read from Tor Mail.

“Wow. If they can do this to an onion like Tor Mail, what’s stopping them from getting to us?” wondered a user of drug marketplace Silk Road. “Child porn. That would be their first big attack on Tor. Stepping stones.”

That was just one of chorus of voices on Silk Road wondering if the popular narcotics marketplace is next.

In a post worthy of an underworld Braveheart, prominent vendor and money launderer StExo encouraged customers and vendors alike to defend the marketplace.

So long as we keep fighting, the heart and soul of this community will never perish and I hope that in many years, people will look back and remember us. Remember those people who done something different, who stood up for their beliefs and despite having enemies glaring them in the face, they were steadfast. Whatever the future may hold for us all, it has been a pleasure to stand beside you all in this new age and I hope that as we face tomorrow, every challenge given to us is just another hurdle we will overcome because whilst our enemies may continue their agenda of imprisoning innocent people for simply expressing their freedom, they will never be able to silence the idea those people stand for and that we all still stand for – together, as one.”

Dread Pirate Roberts, the founder and figurehead of Silk Road, called StExo’s missive “very inspiring.” Roberts has called Silk Road a “revolution,” and users see the community a place to do business they believe shouldn’t be illegal in the first place.

“Silk Road is about something much bigger than thumbing your nose at the man and getting your drugs anyway. It’s about taking back our liberty and our dignity and demanding justice.”

To calm the mild panic, Roberts posted a message on the forums verified by a PGP, software with a unique password and signature designed to prove a person is who he says he is. The post confirmed Roberts remained in control of Silk Road and that the marketplace was presumably as safe as ever. He also spoke about Tor Mail, the email provider of choice for thousands of Silk Road users.

“I know that MANY people, vendors included, used Tor Mail. You must think back through your Tor Mail usage and assume everything you wrote there and didn’t encrypt can be read by law enforcement at this point and take action accordingly. I personally did not use the service for anything important, and hopefully neither did any of you.”

Meanwhile, the Dark Web’s second largest black market, Black Market Reloaded, has deleted all connections to Tor Mail on its site and warned users against returning to the previously ubiquitous email service.

. . .

It’s difficult to survey the full extent of the damage done to Tor’s hidden services. Long before this attack, onions were slow and unreliable, often going down for extended periods without explanation. Although many forums and communities appear gone, it will take time to parse the information and find out even an estimate of how many services were truly knocked offline by the fall of Freedom Hosting.

If there’s one consensus, however, it’s that law enforcement’s attempt to disrupt and destroy Dark Web communities is only just beginning.

The Daily Dot

Sections of online ‘DarkNet’ close following child porn suspect’s arrest

Published August 7, 2013 by JS2

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A section of the internet’s “DarkNet” — believed to have huge levels of child pornography and other illegal activity among its content — has shut down just days after the FBI requested an alleged child pornographer be extradited from Ireland.

The sites run by Freedom Hosting on the Tor network routed users’ web-browsing queries through a series of servers that meant they were untraceable.

Freedom Hosting has been accused of being a major hub, not just for one of the largest collections of child pornography on the network, but also for a drugs distribution network.

The ‘hacktivist’ group Anonymous once claimed that 95% of the child pornography hidden on the Tor network was put there by Freedom Hosting.

The closure of the site is being linked to the request by US authorities for the extradition of Eoin Eric Marques, who is described by an FBI special agent as “the largest facilitator of child porn on the planet”.

A Maryland state warrant records charges of distributing and promoting child pornography online. The charges relate to images on a large number of websites described as being extremely violent and graphic and depicting the rape and torture of prepubescent children.

The 28-year-old is in custody and is due to appear in court again tomorrow.

It is suspected that his arrest on Thursday was one of the major triggers for the closure of the Freedom Hosting sites.

Another major trigger was the detection of malicious software on parts of the Tor network, which experts suspect was put there by the FBI to track users of any sites which are engaged in illegal activity.

The operators of the Tor network — while stressing that those operating the Freedom Network are not affiliated to them — acknowledged in a statement that the design of its network means “the user can not know where the server is located and the server cannot find the IP address of the user except by intentional malicious means like hidden tracking code embedded in the web pages delivered by the server”.

 

Irish Times

Names of 46 convicted child sex offenders who terrorized the Orthodox Jewish community from within are released by Brooklyn DA

Published July 22, 2013 by JS2

  • Nechemya Weberman, 54, sentenced to 103-years for molesting a girl, 12
  • Originally 118 under operation Kol Tzedek, Hebrew for ‘voice of justice’
  • Of those 25 ended in jail terms, 33 felonies and 13 misdemeanors
  • Ten cases dismissed because victims backed out or parents allow testimony


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Predator: The most high-profile case saw religious counsellor Nechemya Weberman, 54, sentenced to 103-years in prison for molesting a girl, beginning when she was 12-years old

‘We feel now it’s good for the community to know those who have been convicted,’ Hynes’ spokesman told the New York Post.
The Brooklyn District Attorney has convicted 45 men and a woman in the four years since it launched its clampdown on sex abuse within the ultra-Orthodox Jewish community, it was revealed today.

DA Charles Hynes, who is running for re-election in the New York district, released their identities in an apparent U-turn on his previous policy of not naming perverts for fear victims might suffer intimidation or that others may be deterred from coming forward.

The most high-profile case saw religious counsellor Nechemya Weberman, 54, sentenced to 103-years in prison for molesting a girl, beginning when she was 12-years old.

There were originally 118 cases viewed by NYPD detectives under operation Kol Tzedek, Hebrew for ‘voice of justice’.

Of those, 25 sex offenders were jailed.

 

Others included 33 felonies, 13 misdemeanors while the only convicted woman was sentenced to 3 and a half years in prison for sexually abusing her son.

 

The sentences are a major victory for Hynes and the city of New York where securing convictions in Orthodox Jewish communities can be difficult because many fear being ostracized if speak out about abuse.

 

At least 10 cases were dismissed and seven downgraded because victims backed out or parents refused to let their children testify.

 

But prosecutors believe victims have gained courage since predators like Weberman – whose supporters allegedly tried to bribe the victim and threaten her boyfriend’s business – have been jailed.

 

Weberman, 54, who worked as an unlicensed therapist in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, was sentenced in January following an emotional testimony by his victim, now aged 18.

 

‘I clearly remember how I would look in the mirror. I saw a girl who didn’t want to live in her own skin, a girl whose innocence was shattered, a girl who couldn’t sleep at night because of the gruesome invasion that had been done to her body,’ the accuser told the court.

 

She said she was ‘a sad girl who wanted to live a normal life but instead was being victimized by a 50-year-old man who forced her to perform sickening acts again and again.’

 

She had testified that Weberman abused her repeatedly behind his locked office door from the time she was 12 until she was 15.

 

Weberman was convicted last month on all 59 counts, including sustained sexual abuse of a child, endangering the welfare of a child and sexual abuse.

 

The trial put a spotlight on the ultra-orthodox community in Brooklyn and its strict rules that govern clothing, social customs and interaction with the outside world.

 

Both Weberman, 54, and the accuser belonged to the Satmar Hasidic sect.

 

The teen and her family have been harassed and ostracized, reflecting long-held beliefs that any conflict must be dealt with from within.

During the trial, men were arrested on charges they tried to bribe the accuser and her now-husband to drop the case.

Others were accused of snapping photos of her on the witness stand and posting them online.

She expressed hope that by coming forward, she could give strength to other victims of sexual abuse.

Her school had ordered her to see Weberman because she had been asking questions about her religion and was dressing immodestly in violation of the sect’s customs, and it was believed she needed to be helped back on the right path.

Weberman wasn’t a licensed counselor but spent decades working with couples and families in his community.

There was no physical evidence of abuse.

The court received dozens of letters from supporters of the defendant who described his life in the community as a counselor and a father.

‘Nechemya Weberman is innocent of the crimes charged,’ defense attorney George Farkas insisted at the sentencing.

On Tuesday Weberman said ‘no thank you’ when asked if he wished to speak. He and his wife had no visible reaction to the sentence. The top charge carried a sentence of 25 years; he got consecutive terms for some of the other charges.

The defense argued that the girl was angry that Weberman had told her parents she had a boyfriend at the age of 15 which is forbidden in her community.

They claimed the girl went to police only after Weberman and her parents set up hidden cameras to secretly record the girl having sex with her boyfriend when she was still underage.

Weberman turned the tapes over to police in the hopes that the boyfriend would be prosecuted.

The charges against the boyfriend were later dropped.

The Mail online