14 November 2013, 11:40

Canadian company in center of global child-porn clampdown

Canadian company in center of global child-porn clampdown

One Canadian firm that had videos for sale of naked boys from different countries is now taking center stage in a huge child-porn case. Already, 100 arrests were made in Canada alone and 240 people were taken into custody in a variety of other countries.

Toronto authorities and other security agencies are supposed give more details some time today. This will be the first time ever that they are to give out information about their three year long investigation. Officials said that 386 children had been removed from harm's way as a result. “We’ve worked a lot of big cases. This is by far the biggest,” said one unnamed source.

The company who is getting center attention, Toronto based Azov Films, sold and mailed out DVDs as well as streamed them online of nude boys who were from Germany, Romania, and Ukraine. The movies were marketed as naturist movies and it claimed it was legal to see such in Canada and the US.

Law enforcement officials in Spain, where at least 38 suspects were taken into custody last year, found that the firm from Canada brought in over a million dollars annually from their sales from 94 nations. The company's boss Brian Way, has been kept in custody since 2011. The 41-year-old man living in Toronto was arrested after an undercover operation took place on the internet.

About 100 people have been arrested in Canada, including 45 in Ontario and 45 in Quebec, police sources said. US courtroom documents revealed that the Azov investigation was launched after 20 complaints came from Toronto police.

Formal complaints are said to have come from law enforcement agents, people in the cyber sphere, and even business rivals. Canadian authorities said that have spoken to legal prosecutors and have been told that the material distributed for sale by Azov could be categorized as child pornography.

Voice of Russia, The Globe and Mail

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