International Operation Against Child Abuse Leads to Hundreds of Arrests

International Operation Against Child Abuse Leads to Hundreds of Arrests

(RepublicanPress.org) – In today’s politically charged climate, it isn’t easy to see instances of international cooperation on a grand scale. However, a months-long effort to protect children from the ravages of abuse serves as a perfect example of the good that can result from multi-jurisdictional investigations.

On Tuesday, March 1, media outlets exploded with the news that a two-year investigation led by New Zealand law enforcement officials resulted in the arrest of hundreds of suspects. New Zealand’s Internal Affairs Department (DIA) launched the inquiry in 2019 after it received a tip from an internet service provider.

The tech company told DIA officials that thousands of individuals were using an online platform to exchange “horrific and devastating” material involving underage children. As a result, the DIA reached out to the FBI, the United Kingdom’s (UK) National Crime Agency, INTERPOL, Europol, the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, and Australia’s Federal Police for assistance in getting to the bottom of the operation.

The investigation, called “Operation H”, uncovered more than 90,000 accounts that traded or possessed unlawful material involving children. It resulted in the arrest of hundreds of suspects in the UK, 117 Australians, 46 New Zealanders, and several others scattered across the globe.

The operation also safeguarded 153 children located in the United States, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Europe, and the UK.

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