Two Swedes in global paedophile ring

Two Swedish suspects have been identified in a major global paedophile ring spanning 14 countries which has been exposed by the US police.

Two Swedes in global paedophile ring

Some 52 people have been arrested to date, 13 of them have admitted to the charges. A further 72 suspects have been identified for having used an internet-based noticeboard for paedophiles.

Members of Dreamboard themselves committed serious assaults against children, and the more films or pictures a member published, the more he was given access to.

The abused children were all younger than 12-years-old, some were babies. To gain access to some parts of the network there was a requirement that the child in the pictures was visibly suffering or crying.

Police in Stockholm are very familiar with the Dreamboard network. A man in his forties has been remanded into custody at Södertörn district court on suspicion of raping children overseas and aggravated child pornography offences.

“We received information from the US that there was a Swedish suspect involved. We have so far been able to identify three Swedish girls featured in the material,” said Liz Berglund at the National Police Agency (Rikskriminalen) IT crimes section.

A 32-year-old man from Blekinge who was sentenced to psychiatric care on Tuesday on a string of charges involving sex offences against children, among other things 70 rapes of a six-year-old girl, is one of the paedophiles which the police exposed via Dreamboard.

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Sweden joins global anti-child porn alliance

Representatives from Sweden and 46 other countries will meet in Brussels on Wednesday to coordinate efforts to combat child pornography.

Sweden joins global anti-child porn alliance

EU countries, as well as the US, Japan and Australia, will form the Global Alliance against Child Sex Abuse Online.

EU Home Affairs Commissioner Cecilia Malmström and US Attorney General Eric Holder are the driving forces of the initiative.

They jointly addressed the topic in an op-ed in the Dagens Nyheter (DN) newspaper on Tuesday.

Joint police investigations have resulted in the arrest of more than 300 people in the past two years, they wrote.

There are suspects in over 30 countries.

“The fact that child abusers seem to operate globally, disregarding national borders, is a reality that we must face,” Malmström and Holder wrote.

The alliance wants to find offenders and their victims, while also reducing the availability of child porn across the world.

A second aim is to raise public awareness of the risks children face when they are online.

Furthermore, the alliance states that it will ensure the assistance of child porn victims and provide them with support and protection.

“All efforts to monitor child pornography are of course good, and this initiative is really important,” National Bureau of Investigation (Rikskriminalen) inspector Björn Sellström told the TT news agency.

As child pornography is internet-based, cross-border cooperation is much needed, said Sellström.

“If we have a Swedish offender who gets in touch with a victim in Sweden but through American social media, then that site will ask us to get a court order before we can access information about the offender,” he said.

“It means it can take a really long time to investigate.”

The alliance also wants all countries to ban convicted sex offenders from working with children and teenagers.

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