Project Spade – Huge Child Porn Ring Busted

Toronto police have announced that a huge child porn ring has been broken up as part of an ongoing international operation called Project Spade which involved law enforcement agencies from Canada, Australia, Spain, Mexico, South Africa, Hong Kong, Norway, Ireland, Greece and Gibraltar.

Police were tipped off about the http://www.azovfilms.com website in 2010 and shut down the company behind it, Etobicoke, in 2011 after an investigation. The man at the centre of the ring, Mr. Brian Way (42) of Toronto has been in jail since.

348 people who have been arrested so far. Of the approximately 150 arrested in the United States, those who posed the most immediate risk to children included  35 school employees, 25 registered sex offenders, 10 medical personnel, 10 youth workers or coaches  and 15 worked in law enforcement, US federal employees or attorneys.

Police postponed announcing the success of Project Spade, which has also resulted in 386 children having been rescued, until they felt comfortable that the ring had been completely broken.

A video of the press conference can be seen on this website (look at the extended version).

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