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Police find 30 million images of child abuse in major anti-paedophile operation

Millions of indecent images of children have been found in Police Scotland operation Millions of indecent images of children have been found in a Police Scotland operation Credit: PA Wire

Martin Evans, Crime Correspondent 29 July 2016 • 2:08pm

Police in Scotland have recovered more than 30 million images of child sex abuse and have identified more than 500 victims, officers have announced.

In the first major operation of its kind in Scotland, detectives arrested 77 people on suspicion of a range of offences involving the abuse of youngsters as young as three.

Dubbed Operation Lattise, the investigation focused on the distribution of indecent images, online grooming and the live streaming of abuse on webcams.

Police said much of the work to identify culprits was still going on, but but 390 charges had already been brought, including rape, sharing indecent images, bestiality and drug offences.

Malcolm Graham, Police Scotland Asst Chief Constable, said: “Online child sexual abuse is a national threat – the reality is it is happening now, not only in Scotland but across the world, to children of all ages, from infants to teenagers.

“Operation Lattise was about shining a light on the scale of this issue – it was focused activity to tackle the many forms of online child sexual abuse by identifying those who pose a risk to children online and, more importantly, identifying victims of online sexual abuse and exploitation, as well as preventing more youngsters becoming victims.

He said child abuse and exploitation “takes place solely because of decisions made on the part of the abuser”.
“Online child sexual abuse is a national threat – the reality is it is happening now, not only in Scotland but across the world, to children of all ages, from infants to teenagers”Police Scotland Assistant Chief Constable Malcolm Graham

“Online child sexual abuse is not a victimless crime: children, from toddlers to teenagers, are being sexually abused and exploited now in Scotland and when an image or video clip is shared or viewed, they are being re-victimised,” he added.

“We will continue to work with our partners to protect and promote the wellbeing of all children. Our commitment to tackling this horrific threat will continue.”

Police have arrested 77 people in connection with the investigation Police have arrested 77 people in connection with the investigation

Joanna Barrett, of NSPCC Scotland, said: “We are increasingly concerned about the harm caused to children through online activity. Too many children are exposed to dangerous and harmful content through the internet, or are subjected to online harassment, grooming, and sexual exploitation.

“We recently highlighted how the internet is playing an increasing role in the sexual abuse of younger children in Scotland, with a 60 per cent rise recorded over a year in the number of indecent communications offences carried out by adults against children aged under 13.

“It is vital we learn more about the nature and scale of this offending in Scotland and its impact on children and young people. Everyone has a responsibility to ensure that children are protected online.”…


Italian farmers growing hemp to decontaminate polluted soil

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Can hemp crops revitalize Italian farmland tainted by heavy metals?

Farmers in Taranto, a town in the Italian region of Puglia once known for its dairy farms and traditional cheeses, are now planting cannabis crops in an effort to counteract devastating environmental pollution from a nearby massive steel plant, as reported bySlate.

The Ilva steel plant covers 15 million square meters—nearly three times the size of the city itself. It opened in 1965 and doubled in size by the 1970s. It once churned out almost one-third of Italy’s steel. The plant helped turn Taranto into a grimy industrial city. Smoking chimneys, blast furnaces, and aggregates yards now dominate the once-pastoral town. Even today a giant oil refinery and a huge cement factory welcome visitors.

Slate reporter Sara Manisera introduces readers to Italian farmer Vincenzo Fornaro, who used to run a profitable dairy farm in Taranto.

“People came from all over to buy dairy products handmade in ancient, wood-fired terracotta furnaces,” Manisera writes. “Those days are long gone.”

Soil in the area is so badly contaminated with heavy metals from the steel plant that farmers like Fornaro are now banned from grazing their animals within a 12-mile radius of the plant.

These days, Fornaro is using his land to plant cannabis — not to sell but to decontaminate polluted soil.

Hemp and phytoremediation

Hemp is a variation of the cannabis plant that contains very little THC, marijuana’s psychoactive compound.

Hemp is primarily grown for its fibers, which can be used to produce thousands of products, including textiles and paper.

But hemp also has another special trait: It’s extremely efficient at sucking up heavy metal toxins in polluted soil.

Heavy metals are a unique class of toxins that cannot be broken down into nontoxic forms, which means they stick around for a long time.

The concentration of this type of soil pollution has increased greatly in many locations across the world since the start of the industrial revolution, Claire Moore, plant biologist and laboratory manager at Michigan-based cannabis testing facility Iron Labs, told Extract in an email.

“Phytoremediation describes the treatment of environmental problems, often contamination with heavy metals, through the use of plants that help mitigate the contamination without the need to excavate the offending contaminant(s) and dispose of it elsewhere,” she explains.

It’s a relatively new technology that’s gaining international attention due to its cost-effective, non-intrusive method of “exploiting the ability of certain species of plants to remediate pollutants from contaminated sites,” Moore said.

While the practice of phytoremediation is in its infancy, and many factors can impact the process, hemp appears to have a high tolerance to heavy metal toxicity and is very good at isolating heavy metals from polluted soil without damaging the plant itself, she says.

Hemp cultivation is legal in Italy, which means farmers like Fornaro that are planting cannabis to help clean their farmland of toxins can use the crops for industrial processing. The toxins don’t show up in the plant fibers.

“For now we use hemp only for industrial processing,” Fornaro told Manisera. “I hope in the future we can use it also for nourishment. But what is certain is that we will surround the Ilva plant with hemp.”

About 100 farmers are now planting hemp in Puglia.

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“Dragons Hole”: China claims to have found the world’s largest hole…

On Wednesday, state broadcaster CCTV announced that the newly found “dragon’s hole,” a 984-foot (300-meter) cavern in the disputed waters of the South China Sea, is now the world’s largest hole.

With territorial claims by Vietnam, Malaysia, Indonesia, Brunei, the Philippines, Taiwan, and China, the South China Sea — rich in natural resources and crisscrossed by shipping routes — is one of the most militarized areas on the planet.

According to Xinhua, the blue hole is called the “eye” by locals and lies within the disputed Paracel Islands, which is claimed by China and Taiwan and Vietnam.