Cyber-cops to patrol Internet chatrooms

Wednesday, 9 June 2004, 7:49 PM EST

Police plan to patrol Internet chatrooms as part of a multinational crackdown on pedophile rings. They will also seize the finances of Web site operators who peddle child pornography and freeze the credit cards of their customers.

"We want to create the equivalent of a beat cop for the Internet," said the UK's National Crime Squad Assistant Chief Constable Jim Gamble.

Police from Britain, the United States, Canada and Australia are to form a global taskforce with the primary aim of stopping pedophiles luring children into offline encounters.

At CNN.

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