Twelve Arrested in Online Israeli Pedophile Ring

The suspects, accused of victimizing a 12-year-old girl over the Internet, were arrested this morning after a month-long investigation.

Yaniv Kubovich
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On Wednesday morning, Central District police arrested 12 men for alleged acts of pedophilia against a 12-year-old girl.

According to the allegation, the men were in contact with the girl over the Internet, called her insulting names and persuaded her to send them nude photographs of herself. The police are expected to ask that the detention be extended.

The police investigation began last month when the girl’s parents discovered several male contacts on her computer. The Central District police began an undercover investigation that resulted in the police raid on the suspects’ homes.

“An operation like this isn’t done in one fell swoop," Maj. Gen. Benzi Sau, the Central District police chief, told the police officers who began a wave of arrests throughout the country. "It’s a methodical series of police operations whose purpose is to find dangerous criminals whose victims are innocent children and teenagers.

“There will be no mercy for these criminals, and they will be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law," he continued. "Anyone who commits such despicable acts should know that the long arm of the law can find the darkest places.”

Sau also addressed parents, asking them to be alert to their children’s activities on the Internet.

“I ask every father and mother in the country to be aware and responsible for everything that happens with their child, including in virtual reality, when they sit in their rooms and surf the Internet," he said. We ask the public not to hesitate, and to report any unusual incident to police.”

An empty playground: Police call on parents to stay viligant and monitor their children.Credit: Ancho Gosh

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