NYC authorities arrested over two dozen in a child pornography ring bust where the offenders traded child sexual abuse videos and imagesÂ “the way others trade baseball cards,” according to Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance.
Children as young as one year old were depicted being raped and sexually assaulted in tens of thousands of photographs and videos seized at the end of a five-month investigation, Vance said at a press conference.
“These images are not pornography…These images are babies and children and toddlers being raped and sexually exploited. These images were disseminated on the Internet, feeding the appetites of pedophiles seeking new victims,’ Vance said.
Those arrested range in age from 18 to 63, all reside in NYC and work in various professions, many of which would bring them into close contact with children,Â Â including a corporate attorney for a children’s shoe store, a dishwasher for a child focused restaurant, and a substitute teacher.
According to authorities, not only did the defendants trade images and videos of the child abuse, but also sought out advice on how to meet children.
ProsecutorsÂ described the contents of a few of the images, which included a three-year-old being raped in a bathtub and an infant being ejaculated upon.
Almost all defendants were charged with both promoting and possessing a sexual performance by a child, each a felony.