Sex abuse children rescued

MORE than 30 children have been rescued from horrific abuse after a major investigation into a worldwide paedophile website run from a Suffolk man's bedroom, it has emerged.

MORE than 30 children have been rescued from horrific abuse after a major investigation into a worldwide paedophile website run from a Suffolk man's bedroom, it has emerged.

Timothy Cox, 28, from Buxhall, masqueraded behind the internet name Son of God, and set up an online trading ground for indecent images and videos of children called Kids the Light of Our Lives.

Hundreds of members across the world used it to exchange material including photographs and videos of children, from teenagers to babies, being raped and sexually abused.

Cox was jailed indefinitely in June this year but now, in the wake of the case, it has emerged child protection experts have been able to remove 31 youngsters from abusive situations - a figure which is likely to rise.

Experts have described the success of the operation as “groundbreaking”.

Cox, formerly of Brettenham Road, Buxhall, was arrested following an international operation, led by the Child Exploitation and Online Protection (CEOP) centre, and assisted by Suffolk police.

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Undercover officers from CEOP were able to infiltrate the site and carry out online surveillance before shutting it down.

A spokeswoman for CEOP said: “When we seized the site, we were about to infiltrate it as a host to gain intelligence. We then did some work to identify the victims around these images.

“These were not missing children. They were children rescued within their own homes. There were incidents of people who had access to children through their professional lives.

“They were of all age ranges and some were as young as babies.

“The majority of the children are from within the UK. More and more children are being rescued as a result of the ongoing operations. The likelihood is we are going to get further children.”

CEOP's investigation has involved law enforcement agencies from 35 different countries and collective intelligence has identified 700 suspects worldwide - 200 of which live in the UK.

The CEOP spokeswoman said: “There has been no line drawn on this operation. There will be more charges.

“Any operation you do that has resulted in a child never having to worry about further sexual abuse has to be worth it.

“It's the first time we have infiltrated a peer to peer site and taken over identity of the host to gain further intelligence. It's actually quite groundbreaking.”

Cox was jailed after he admitted six offences of possessing indecent photographs of children for show, two offences of distributing indecent photographs of children and one charge of possessing indecent images of children.

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