By Murray Weiss, DNAinfo.com June 21, 2012
BROOKLYN — Four men were arrested Thursday morning for allegedly offering a $500,000 bribe to a sexually abused teenager to get her to drop charges against a popular Orthodox community counselor who is presently on trial in Brooklyn.
Grant Edwards, of the Australian Federal Police (right),
Peter Davis (center) of the U.K.'s Child Exploitation and
Online Protection Centre, Europol director Rob Wainwright
outline details of arrests during "Operation Rescue"
linked to a global child abuse network during a news
conference in The Hague Wednesday.
Massive online pedophile ring busted by cops
Five Americans among 184 people arrested; 230 abused children taken to safety
msnbc.com staff and news service reports
An Internet pedophile ring with up to 70,000 members — thought to be the world's largest —has been uncovered by police, a security official said Wednesday.
The European police agency Europol said in a statement that "Operation Rescue" had identified 670 suspects and that 230 abused children in 30 countries had been taken to safety. More children are expected to be found, Europol said.
It said that so far 184 people had been arrested and investigations in some countries were continuing. Most of those detained are suspected of direct involvement in sexually abusing children.
They include teachers, police officers and scout leaders, AP reported. One Spaniard who worked at summer youth camps is suspected of abusing some 100 children over five years. READ MORE