Stuffed Toy Bunny Helps Uncover Alleged International Child-porn Network

Published August 04, 2012 Associated Press

BOSTON – The men came from different walks of life on two continents: a children’s puppeteer in Florida, a hotel manager in Massachusetts, an emergency medical technician in Kansas, a day care worker in the Netherlands.
In all, 43 men have been arrested over the past two years in a horrific, far-flung child porn network that unraveled once a key clue was spotted.
In this case, the clue was a stuffed toy bunny.

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Sex Tourists: Brazil Fights ‘Out of Control’ Child Exploitation

1:00PM EDT 7/27/2012 JENNIFER LECLAIRE (Article from Charisma Magazine)

(Roberto Viana/AGECOM)
Countries that host the Olympic Games typically look forward to the tourists and money the events bring. But there’s also a dark side to that influx of visitors–the sexual exploitation of children by sports fans.

Brazil, which is hosting the 2014 World Cup and the 2016 Summer Olympics, is already making plans to ward off this potential disaster.

In northeastern Brazil, a growing number of tourists have become a sizable part of the economy. These visitors come to the region to take advantage of its world-renowned beaches, colonial architecture, and rich history. Tragically, some also come to take advantage of Brazil’s children.

“It’s very easy to buy a girl. It’s like buying a chocolate,” youth counselor Carlos da Bomba, who works for the Guardian Council in Recife, said.

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