police tapeToday, 386 more kids are free from a pornography scheme. Police busted a huge child sex abuse ring that involved 348 arrests, including teachers and doctors. They say the man at the center of this ring, Brian Way, had been running a business distributing child pornography since 2005. Apparently he'd been instructing contractors around the world to film children as young as 5 years old.

The sting, called Project Spade, was the work of police in Toronto, Canada, but they worked with law enforcement officials from the U.S., Mexico, Australia, South Africa, Hong Kong, and several European countries. That gives you an idea of how widespread this operation was. I have to say, I have mixed feelings about these stories.

On one hand, I'm relieved to hear that police have brought an end to something so horrible. I'm happy for the 386 children who will (hopefully) no longer be abused. I hope everyone involved will truly be held accountable. This story is good news.

But it's also depressing to know that such a large-scale operation was happening at all -- and that it involved teachers and doctors. Police say a teacher had installed a hidden camera in the school bathrooms. Another person arrested was teaching preschool. These are people parents trusted with their children.

You know that with 348 arrests, countless more people were just customers of this disgusting trade. It also makes me wonder how much else is going on that police are still investigating -- or that they don't even know about yet. A police spokesperson said this afternoon, "It is alleged that officers located hundreds of thousands of images and videos detailing horrific sexual acts against very young children -- some of the worst they have ever viewed." Again, so very glad this nightmare is over. But so sickened that it was happening at all -- and that there's probably even more happening right now.

Do you think we'll ever come close to ending child pornography?

 

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