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Norwegian politician faces trafficking charge in massive paedophilia case

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Norwegian politician faces trafficking charge in massive paedophilia case
Janne Ringset Heltne, the head police prosecutor in the Operation Dark Room investigations, addressing media last week. Photo: Marit Hommedal / NTB scanpix
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A former politician for the Labour Party has been charged with human traficking in connection with last week's police break-up of a massive online paedophilia ring.
The 40-something man has been in police custody since October 12th on charges that he ordered the sexual abuse of minors in the Philippines. Those sexual assaults were live-streamed to the man's computer in Norway. 
 
Police said that the man is connected to ‘Operation Dark Room', a major police action carried out last week that revealed a number of atrocities against children as young as infancy. It is believed to be one of the largest child sexual abuse cases in Norway's history.
 
 
Norwegian police filed charges against 51 individuals involved in the grotesque paedophilia ring, but would not say which individual now faces the human traficking charge. 
 
“We have a person who is charged with traficking. This is related to ordering live transmissions from the Philippines and there are things that point to this having gone on for several years,” Janne Ringset Heltne, the head police prosecutor in the Operation Dark Room investigations, told Bergens Tidende. 
 
The man's lawyer, Jannicke Keller-Fløystad, said she could not comment directly on the charges. 
 
“He regrets what he has done and will take steps to get to the bottom of why this happened,” she said. 
 
In a similar case, a 66-year-old Norwegian man plead partially guilty last month to charges that he had sexually abused 62 children, including 20 kids in the Philippines were abused on direct orders from the man.
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