Wednesday, September 2, 2009

5 children rescued from pedophile ring

A series of raids in England and Scotland has resulted in the rescue of five children being held captive by dens of child molesters, police said Wednesday.

Raids were carried out last month on three properties in central Scotland, with information gleaned from those actions leading to two more raids in England, The Times of London reported.

Scotland's National Sex Crimes Unit has instituted legal proceedings against several suspects, authorities said.
The rescued children were between 7 and 13 years of age, police said, indicating the suspects were allegedly planning to broadcast their attacks on the youngsters over the Internet.

"This was one of our most harrowing and disturbing cases, but it clearly demonstrated the value of, and real need for, the unit," Scottish prosecutor Derek Ogg, who heads the sex crimes unit, told the newspaper. "Until the police investigation revealed these results, we were unaware of the full extent of child exploitation going on in our own backyard."
The Times said the sex crimes unit is modeled after one in New York City in which prosecutors are involved in cases from the first complaint all the way through to its prosecution.

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