Chatroom Danger: Flurry of Net paedophile cases hit Britain

British courts sentencing at least one Net paedophile a week

A flurry of British Net paedophile cases this year has exposed the Internet as an underground network of paedophile rings, where vulnerable children are lured into sexual meetings, and abused for the production and distribution of child pornography. On 13 February, seven British men were sentenced for their participation in the world's largest Internet child pornography ring -- dubbed the "Wonderland Club". Three-quarters of a million indecent images of children were discovered on the defendants' home computers, depicting 1,263 children engaged in sexual acts with other children or adults. British courts have since been inundated with horrific cases where men have used Internet chatrooms to initially make contact with children, and then entice them into an offline meeting. ZDNet brings you a full roundup of the growing number of victims produced by the Internet. Internet paedophile cases so far FBI nets Scottish Web paedophile
Mon, 12 Mar FBI agent successfully lures paedophile into cyber-trap Fourteen-year-old girl raped by Net paedophile
Fri, 02 Mar Another Net paedophile convicted 14 year sentence for Net paedophile
Mon, 26 Feb Ex-police officer found to be abusing children he claimed to be protecting Oxford scholar used Net to lure schoolboy
Wed, 21 Feb Jail sentence awaits another Net paedophile Wonderland paedophiles are sentenced
Tue, 13 Feb But not one member of the Internet child pornography ring received the maximum possible sentence of three years Internet child pornographer gets 35 years
Fri, 19 Jan Virginia man caught posting home digital pictures of schoolgirl on Web Massive paedophile operation leads to arrests
Wed, 17 Jan Nationwide operation leads to 13 arrests and 27 computers being seized What are the risks of paedophiles approaching my children through Yahoo! Messenger chatrooms? Find out the details of ZDNet News' investigation in the Chatroom Danger Special Report Have your say instantly, and see what others have said. Click on the TalkBack button and go to the ZDNet News forum. Let the editors know what you think in the Mailroom. And read other letters.