Caught In Their Own Web

Jon Rouse was alarmed. Spread out before the Queensland detective one morning in June was a large-scale map of the Sunshine Coast featuring a tight cluster of black marks. They were grouped around an address well known to the pedophile-hunting policeman: the place where a 13-year-old boy had gone missing seven months earlier. Each mark represented the home of a previously unknown suspected pedophile, traced from the data banks of a child pornography company run by the Russian mafia in eastern Europe. "We thought we knew where all the sex offenders were in that area," says Rouse. "We had...

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