Peeping Toms

SYDNEY, Oct 30, 2006 (AFP) – New high-tech advances were making Internet crimes against children easier for paedophiles to commit and more difficult to detect, experts told a conference in Australia Monday. Faster broadband, DSL and cable connections have contributed to an increase in paedophile activity on the Internet, the 19th Computer Facilitated Crimes Against Children Conference heard.

“Our caseload in this crime type has gone up 2,000 percent since we started in images in 1996,” said the head of the American FBI’s cyber division indecent images unit, Arnold Bell.

The increasing use of 3D mobile phones also posed a new threat as the next stage in the march of technology, he told reporters at the conference in the northeastern city of Brisbane.

“Technology continues to evolve and cell phones are the latest thing that pose some issues for law enforcement,” Bell said.

About 100 delegates from Interpol, the FBI, the International Centre for Missing and Exploited Children and Microsoft are attending the one-week summit.

“Our primary focus, and I think the primary law enforcement focus, is to identify and rescue as many kids as we can,” Bell said.

“I won’t sugarcoat what we are talk