Germany: 65 children freed from abusers as part of investigation

German authorities say they have rescued 65 children from their abusers over the past two years as part of an investigation into a massive sexual abuse network

BERLIN – German authorities say they have rescued 65 children from their abusers over the past two years as part of an investigation into a massive sexual abuse network.

Cologne police said at a news conference on Wednesday that the victims ranged in age from three months to seventeen.

Investigators identified the children as part of an investigation into a trove of images and videos of abuse found in the western town of Bergisch Gladbach in 2019. Authorities said people on the network used more than 30,000 pseudonyms, many of which could not be traced to real people.

Investigators have so far identified 439 suspects and multiple convictions, including those who initially discovered the material.

The German government has tightened laws against child sexual abuse and the production or distribution of child abuse images in connection with the case.

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