Three separate investigations into the live streaming of child abuse, all a part of Endeavour, have identified 733 suspects including 139 Britons.

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Police in the Philippines are collaborating with their counterparts in Europe, Australia and the U. Smartphones, credit cards, food wrappers and cigarettes are found on the bed of suspected child webcam cybersex operator, David Timothy Deakin, from Peoria, Ill., during a raid in Mabalacat, Philippines, April 20, 2017. Liborio Carabbacan at the National Police Women and Children Protection Center said the incidents are increasing in the Philippines because many people are gaining access to the internet and English fluency is common, making it possible to communicate with would-be customers.

Also, he said, parents and relatives, motivated by greed, are often not aware that it is against the law to exploit their children.

That compares with 8.3 million reports in the 17 years prior. “Unfortunately, extreme poverty in many parts of the world affords individuals like Touset the opportunity to exploit children across national borders,” said U. Attorney John Horn in a statement after the sentencing.

The investigation, Operation Endeavour, has led to the arrest of 17 British “customers”, as well as 29 other international arrests – including 11 people who facilitated the abuse in the Philippines.

“The use of online media to drive these types of crime is a sinister development,” Tim Morris, assistant commissioner of Australia’s Federal Police, said.

“To target the most vulnerable members of the community in this way cannot be tolerated by any society.” In a statement, the National Crime Agency said: “The use of webcams to stream live abuse, particularly from the developing world, is a significant and emerging threat according to the NCA’s command.

The investigation began after Northamptonshire police carried out a routine visit to the home of a registered sex offender, Timothy Ford, and found a number of indecent videos on computers.

Investigations into his activities led to the identification of other suspects.

“Protecting the victims of abuse is our priority and that means attacking every link in the chain, from dismantling the organised groups who are motivated by profit through to targeting their customers.” Of the 17 Britons arrested five have been convicted, nine investigations are ongoing, one required no further action and two individuals are dead.