70 NY Child Pornography Arrests A Small Fraction Of Illegal Sex Industry

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A single dad secretly videotaped his son’s 9-year-old friend in a swimming pool changing room, while a medical center nurse had 19 videos of children under 13 having sex with adults, authorities told the Westchester County, N.Y., Journal News as new details emerge about a regional crackdown on Internet child pornography. Among the 70 people charged was a man who had allegedly been downloading child porn for five years and another man, charged with having images of girls as young as 6, whose father was deported six years ago for setting up a sexual tryst with a 14-year-old girl at a fast-food restaurant in Chicago.

Advocates contend it’s a small fraction of the disturbing illegal industry.”How many more children are not counted? How much child porn is still out there?” said Keira Pollock of the New City-based Center for Safety and Change. “It seems like there’s this epidemic hidden industry that continues to profit off of children.” Dubbed Operation Caireen, the crackdown was headed by the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency and was prompted partly by a probe of then-Mount Pleasant, N.Y., Police Chief Brian Fanelli, who was arrested in January and charged with downloading and distributing child pornography.

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