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Porn Probe: 341-people Arrested by Police (Day 14 of 19 Days of Activism Against Child Abuse)

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Child Pornography (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

341 people, including 108 Canadians and 76 Americans, have been arrested in an international child pornography ring that was largely centred around a Toronto-based film company that distributed images and videos across the globe.  The three-year investigation included Canadian and international law enforcement agencies and rescued. Dubbed Project Spade, police said the effort resulted in 386 children being saved from exploitation.

Police first became aware in 2010 that Toronto-based Azov Films was distributing pornographic images and videos of children as well as streaming them on its website.   In 2011, police carried out a search warrant in Toronto’s west end. Azov was shut down and its owner, 42-year-old Brian Way was arrested. More than 45 terabytes of data were seized.

Way was charged with multiple counts related to child pornography, including selling and distributing child pornography and instructing commission of offence for criminal organization.

The company had been operating since 2005 and had revenues in excess of $4-million.   For approximately $40 customers could buy about an hour of video, and receive photos at a discount, delivered online or by mail, police say.

Some of the children exploited in the films were as young as five.  Azov commissioned videographers around the world to take pictures and images that the company would subsequently distribute through the mail and online. Many of the victims were from Ukraine and Romania.  Many of the pictures and videos were shot in people’s apartments, back yards and “dingy saunas.”

24 Canadian children were rescued as a result of Project Spade.  The children were not necessarily involved in the production of Azov material, and their exploitation was discovered when police were investigating people who bought material from the company.

At the home of a retired teacher, they found 350,000 pictures and more than 9,000 video showing child sexual abuse. They say some of the children were known to the man, who is also accused of abusing a child in his family.  Spinoff investigations led to caches of images and hundreds of children from around the world.  At least two teachers and nine medical professionals were among the Canadians arrested.

Beaven-Desjardins said Toronto police subsequently shared the company’s customer databases with other Canadian as well as international law enforcement agencies.

Information on Azov led to more than 150 law enforcement actions against Americans who were purchasing material from the company, including persons in the District of Columbia.

Project Spade arrests by the numbers

  • Ontario: 50
  • Rest of Canada: 58
  • United States: 76
  • International: 164

In Canada:

  •  40 teachers
  •  9 doctors and nurses
  •  32 volunteers
  •  6 law enforcement personnel
  •  9 faith leaders
  •  3 foster parents

Read more: http://www.ctvnews.ca/canada/child-porn-probe-began-with-toronto-man-ends-with-341-people-arrested-police-1.1542666#ixzz2kfnonISg

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Treating Kids’ Cancer With Science And A Pocket Full Of Hope

Dr. Olson draws inspiration and strength from his patients and their families. His decision to work with kids, he says, goes back to something that happened 25 years ago when he was still in training. A 7-year-old girl he was caring for died, and the loss tore at his heart. But his reaction was complicated.

“The night that she died I was walking home, and I was almost skipping or dancing,” Olson says. “I was really light, and I was singing and humming out loud. Neither of these things is typical for me. And it was so absurd to me that this really profound event had happened that day, and I was feeling so opposite.”

So he sat down on a bench and tried to figure out what was going on. It didn’t take him long to realize his mood had to be related to a conversation with the girl’s parents. He’d assumed that after their daughter’s death, they’d want to get as far away from the hospital as possible. But, no.

“They actually tracked me down, and came up and gave me a beautiful warm hug,” Olson remembers. “And they said, ‘Her death to us was as beautiful as her birth, and the reason for that was because of the words you shared with us as we went through this. And we just want you to know that you have a gift, that when medicine doesn’t go the way you want it to, that you can still help families recognize a life doesn’t have to be 90 years [long] to be beautiful.’

“And so I sat there and thought about that for a long time, and I realized that this was a gift that I had,” he says. “And not many people would recognize the gift, or have it or want to share it. But for me it felt like a calling of sorts.”

Olson tore up the applications he’d written for other medical specialties and committed himself to pediatrics. Yet, he also wanted to do research. So he wound up going to the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center in Seattle, where he could practice medicine and be a scientist, too.

In the past 20 years, or so, Olson has cared for hundreds of children with brain cancer. Though many have survived, many haven’t.

Read More: NPR Story

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European Road to Change: A Message to Victims of Abuse

Traveling around Europe, Mathew McVarish is sending a message to victims of child sexual abuse, on his “Road to Change” 10,000 mile walk.   Listen to his inspiring words to Ariana-Leilani and others:

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Obama Speaks Out On Human Rights: It is Time to Defend Ariana-Leilani’s Rights, too.

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In an interview on the Jay Leno show, President Obama stated:

Well, I’ve been very clear that when it comes to universal rights, when it comes to people’s basic freedoms, that whether you are discriminating on the basis of race, religion, gender or sexual orientation, you are violating the basic morality that I think should transcend every country.  And I have no patience for countries that try to treat gays or lesbians or transgender persons in ways that intimidate them or are harmful to them.

Doesn’t 10 Year Old Ariana-Leilani, who lives in Washington DC’s Ward 3, have a right to life saving medical care?   Stop the discrimination against Ariana-Leilani.  Let’s stop the violation of her rights.

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If Martin is President Obama 35 Years Ago, Then Ariana-Leiliani is Michele 40 years ago.

Michelle Obama, official White House portrait.

President Obama courageously stated yesterday that his experience 35 years ago with discrimination were similar to those experienced by Trayvon Martin and other African-American’s like him now.    Ariana-Leilani is African-American, and her case highlights the second class treatment of children like her in the District of Columbia.    Its time for Ariana-Leilani to get life saving medicine and medical attention that she deserves.  Speak up for her, because she is not allowed to speak up for herself:

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Make sure she gets the help she needs before it is too late.

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US Still Fails to Protect 10 Year old Ariana-Leilani, But Deports Children for Seeking Home Schooling

A German family that fled to the United States in 2008 to home school their children is on the verge of deportation after a Tennessee appeals court denied a request for asylum.

Uwe and Hannelore Romeike, devout Christians from the southwest of Germany who now have six children, came to the United States in 2008 after the German government threatened them with legal action for home-schooling their children, which is banned in Germany.

They were initially granted asylum by a US judge who believed Germany had restricted their religious freedom.

The Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals, however, ruled this week in favor of the Obama administration, which challenged the family’s asylum on the grounds that Germany’s ban on home-schooling did not constitute persecution and thus could not be used as a basis for political asylum in the United States.

Meanwhile, thousands worldwide have signed the petition to save German child Ariana-Leilani in Washington DC, USA, for whom the German Government has asked the Obama Administration in the USA to help get her needed medicine and medical attention.  But, so far, the USA has failed to act, and Ariana-Leilani is in dire need of life saving medicine and medical attention.

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What constitutes a reasonable workup for neutropenia in an otherwise healthy young person?

English: Promyelocyte, bone marrow smear.

English: Promyelocyte, bone marrow smear. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Neutropenia is defined as a deficiency of circulating neutrophils or an absolute neutrophil count <1,500 µL. This condition can be attributable to a reduction in bone-marrow production or increased loss of bone marrow from the circulation. A thorough history is the best place to start in your evaluation of a healthy child with a low neutrophil count.

A viral infection is the most common cause in children (not infants). The neutropenia develops during the illness and persists for up to one week after resolution. Measles, mumps and rubella vaccine as well as varicella vaccine can also trigger transient neutropenia. Another possible cause is bacterial infection.

Nutritional deficits in folic acid, vitamin B12 or copper can also lead to a drop in neutrophils. Lastly, look carefully at any drugs the patient is currently taking or may have recently finished taking. Herbal therapies and supplements also deserve evaluation. — Julee B. Waldrop, DNP (175-1)

Ariana-Leilani has severe chronic neutropenia, absolute neutrophil count <500 µL.    As noted, drugs can cause neutropenia.  However, her medical providers at Medstar Georgetown University Hospital have refused to give her a toxicology test.   That is why she need GCSF medicine (to boost her ANC) and an independent medical examination as soon as possible.    Sign her petition today so she can live.

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Presentation of SRSG on Violence against Children Annual Report to the 22nd Regular Session of the Human Rights Council – Full Day Discussion: Rights of Child

HRCUN Special Representative of the Secretary General on Violence against Children (SRSG), Marta Santos Pais, presented her new report during the 22nd  Session of the Human Rights Council (HRC) on 7 March 2013, in Geneva.  

In the annual full day meeting on the rights of the child, the Human Rights Council focused on the right of the child, like Ariana-Leilani, to the enjoyment of the highest attainable standard of health. The meeting included discussions on the challenges in achieving the full realization of the universal right to health and focused on strengthening the implementation of the right of the child to health and on accountability mechanisms that need to be in place to ensure that Member States comply with their human rights obligations.

The Special Representative on Violence against Children participated in a panel with experts from the Government of Uruguay, UN agencies, the Inter-American Court on Human Rights, the European Commission, the Committee on the Rights of the Child, the Special Rapporteur on sale of children, child prostitution and child pornography, academia, civil society and child representatives from Bolivia and Haiti.

In her statement, SRSG Marta Santos Pais emphasized the human rights imperative to end violence against children and stated that violence is a major public health concern that affects children of all ages of development.

“Violence is a leading cause of death. In 90% of the cases, incidents take place in non-war affected situations, including as a result of interpersonal, self-inflicted or community violence. Violence provokes anxiety, emotional distress, depression, and low self esteem; it is associated with poor health, sleeping and eating disorders, obesity, toxic and post-traumatic stress and it may lead to aggressive and risk behaviour, propensity to alcohol and drug abuse, conduct disorder and delinquency, as well as self-harm, disability and death,” said the SRSG.

Ms Santos Pais recognized the crucial role of health professionals as they are often the first point of contact for those at risk and frequently perceived as less stigmatizing than law enforcement agencies.

Health personnel help to detect the harm and damage provoked by incidents of violence – in the form of physical aggression, psychological ill-treatment, neglect, injury or sexual abuse. They support and provide treatment, counselling, trauma therapy or emergency health care. They provide recovery and long lasting reintegration services and are critical to enable investigation of incidents and prosecution of those found responsible.
“Action is of essence to enhance our shared accountability for the realization of children’s right to health. I feel pressed by a strong sense of urgency. It is critical to put in place in each country a comprehensive, well-coordinated and well-resourced agenda, with a special emphasis on legislation that recognizes children’s right to health including universal, affordable and inclusive health services and an explicit legal ban on all forms of violence against children. All laws that provide any justifications or allow consent to harmful practices should be removed in the legislation,” highlighted the SRSG.
Ms Santos Pais also explained the important role of partnering with children to expose health risks and concerns. Their insights remain instrumental to inform policy and legal solutions, and to evaluate how well we are doing in promoting children’s highest attainable standard of health.
“Joining hands together, these goals are clearly within reach!” concluded Ms. Santos Pais.

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ABC Robin Roberts BMA Test Show No Abnormalities After Treatment

Robin Roberts announced plans to return to the show. Roberts announced that her most recent Bone Marrow Aspirations (BMA) tests following the bone marrow transplant she underwent in September, showed no abnormalities, meaning she can begin the process of returning to “GMA.”

Roberts underwent a bone marrow transplant to treat myelodysplastic syndrome or MDS, a rare blood disorder that affects the bone marrow. Roberts first announced her diagnosis on “GMA” in June and has been on medical leave from “GMA” since Aug. 30.

Ariana-Leilani also has a rare blood disorder with abnormalities in her BMA tests, but she is being denied treatment for Severe Chronic Neutropenia.

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The Campaign to Save 9 Year Old Ariana-Leilani in the USA

Innocence in Danger expresses support for saving 9 year old Ariana-Leilani, please joining in this effort by signing her petition:

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