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Toronto police bust child porn ring

TORONTO — A sweeping child pornography investigation has led to the rescue of 386 children around the world and the arrest of 348 people, Canadian police said.

Toronto police describe the Project Spade operation as one of the largest child porn busts they have ever seen.

‘‘It is alleged that officers seized hundreds of thousands of videos detailing horrific sexual acts against very young children, some of the worst that they have ever viewed,’’ Inspector Joanna Beaven-Desjardins said.

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Police said 108 people were arrested in Canada and 76 in the United States. Others were arrested elsewhere. Beaven-Desjardins said the investigation began with a Toronto man accused of running a company that distributed child pornography videos.

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Police say Brian Way, 42, instructed people to create the videos of children, then distributed them via his company, Azov Films, to international customers.

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