Amsterdam daycare abuse case sparks 440 investigations

Some 440 police investigations into child sex abuse have been started worldwide as a consequence of the Amsterdam daycare scandal, Nos television reports on Wednesday.

Robert Mikelsons was sentenced to 18 years in jail earlier this month for abusing 67 children, some just a few months old, while working as a daycare assistant and babysitter in the capital.
Dutch police and the public prosecution department are due to give more information about spin-off investigations on Wednesday afternoon.
The investigations are based on information gleaned from Mikelsons’ computers. He is believed to have been part of an international paedophile network.
The case came to light at the end of 2010 after the authorities in the US sought information about a child abuse victim they thought came from the Netherlands. The photo was shown on a television crime show and Mikelsons arrested the same evening.
Several people thought to be connected to the network have been arrested in Sweden, Germany, Poland, the Philippines and the US, the Nos said.

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