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Andrew Salazar logged into a Yahoo chat forum with a fake name.From his suburban Tacoma, WA, home, he messaged a woman an ocean away, in the Philippines.
Many police department lack in-house skills for this type of analysis. Salazar kept more than 1,000 photos and videos of naked children in various sexual poses, including a toddler who appeared to be bleeding from sexual abuse.The girl obeyed: She took off her clothes and posed as he demanded.That scenario emerged in the case against Salazar, who later copped a plea to child pornography charges.After his 2014 online encounter with the Filipino girl and other incidents, Salazar would become one of at least several dozen people globally who have faced criminal charges for predatory live-camera child sex.But far more get away with this crime, according to prosecutors, police and activists on four continents.A review of hundreds of pages of court records and other documents underscores disturbing patterns: Predators come largely from wealthier nations.
The children live in abject poverty, and in many cases are put on view by their own families, who are desperate for money. The children live in developing nations with internet connections, mainly Southeast Asia, but the practice also has expanded to West Africa, experts say.
She left Salazar around 2002 after discovering a briefcase full of sexually explicit images of her daughter and other children, she told police more than a decade later, when he was being prosecuted for live-streaming pedophilia.
He began live-streaming child sex acts in February 2013.
The United Nations and FBI estimate that 750,000 child predators are online at any given time.
Numbers on those engaged in live-streaming child sex acts are difficult to gauge, but law enforcement officials portray the predator population as vast – and proliferating far faster than they can catch perpetrators.
At least that’s the first instance documented by police.