Israel Police officer 311.
(photo credit: Marc Israel Sellem)
Central District Police on Wednesday arrested 12 men who they say exploited a
12-year-old girl, convincing her to send them graphically lewd photos of herself
In early morning raids on the suspects houses, investigators
found naked pictures of the girl on their computers, and long records of
dialogue between the men and the girl, during which they reportedly insulted and
degraded her verbally, police said.
Insp. Neriah Mor, acting head of the
district’s anti-fraud unit, which carried out the investigation, said the photos
went far beyond simple nudity.
The men convinced the girl to write lewd
words on her body and take pictures, pose in sexual positions, act out
sado-masochistic role play, and photograph herself using sex toys, Mor
The victim’s parents discovered some of those photos a little over
a month ago, leading them to contact police, Mor said.
The girl met the
men in online chat rooms and forums and the dialogue between them took place for
at least the past six months, he said. Police have still not determined if any
of the men met the girl in person.
The case was opened as a result of
parents paying attention to their daughter's behavior, and otherwise the abuse
could have become much worse, Mor said.
“When we were kids they used to
say, ‘Don't open the front door to strangers,’ but today, the entire Internet is
open to strangers and parents have to watch out,” he said.
All 12 men
arrested were what police would consider “normative,” including hi-tech workers,
teachers and a couple of soldiers, he said.
Central District police head
Asst.- Ch. Benzi Sau said on Wednesday that the arrests were not a one-off raid,
but rather a series of determined operations “targeted at exposing dangerous
criminals who victimize teenagers and children.”
Sau vowed that police
would show no leniency against those caught engaging in such crimes and called
on parents to pay more attention to what their children were doing
About 10 months ago, the Central District operated an undercover
agent who posed online as a 15-yearold girl, and arranged meetings with men she
met online. A number of those men were then arrested when they came for the
meetings, and in some cases child pornography was found at their homes after