Child porn king freed (18.07.84)

Daily Mirror, 18th July 1984

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  1. Troyhand said:

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    The Mirror (London, England) – December 9, 1997
    A DEALER IN DEATH; Creep who targets truckers to import drugs and child porn.

    This is one of the evil ringleaders of a plot to flood Britain with drugs and child porn.

    Russell Mansfield and his father John target truck drivers as couriers by leaving hand-written notes under windscreen wipers at lorry parks near Rotterdam.

    They ask: “Are you interested in earning extra money – not drugs,” and leave a phone number for Mansfield’s pub in the town of Dem Bromel near Rotterdam.

    Mansfield snr, originally from Essex, is wanted in Britain to face 52 child pornography charges. Now a Sorted investigation reveals that he and his son have branched out into drugs.

    Our investigators set up a bogus haulage firm and phoned Mansfield for details of his scheme. He quizzed us about our company before inviting us to a meeting.

    He said we could regularly smuggle illegal porn videos, including child films and bestiality. Each carton would be pre-stamped and addressed. We would simply bring them into England and put them in a postbox for pounds 100 a carton.

    Our driver and his “girlfriend” – both undercover reporters – parked their lorry outside his pub.

    Inside, John Mansfield, 49, boasted: “There is the porn thing, but to make some serious money would you be interested in doing drugs?

    “We’d want you to take in a ton of cannabis each week and maybe cocaine also. I’ll introduce you to someone who’ll make you very rich.”

    The next morning John and Russell Mansfield drove their American Corvette to the back of Rotterdam’s train station for the meeting.

    They put our reporters in a taxi and told the driver to take them to the Princes Pub in north Rotterdam.

    Dutch bar-owner Billy was there to meet them. He was looking for drivers to bring a ton of cannabis, cocaine and ecstasy into Britain three times a month. For each ton of cannabis we would get pounds 60,000 and a gilder (30p) for each imported E.

    “We’d pay you pounds 3,000 for each kilo of coke,” added Billy. “A usual delivery would be about 20 kilos of coke plus cannabis and Es.”

    Billy, who is in his thirties, said he would need our reporters to deliver empty cartons to them the week before the job.

    On the night before delivery we would leave the truck with them so they could load it with drugs. The next day we would drive to the ferry and cross into England.

    “Wear gloves when you touch the cartons,” warned Billy. “With no fingerprints you can deny knowing anything. We’ll need to take a Polaroid of your lorry which we will courier to England so that the buyers know which lorry to meet. You get paid on your return, otherwise customs will wonder why you’ve got so much cash.”

    Then he menaced: “We’ll need your driving licence to photocopy and your home phone number – in case things go wrong.”

    With a grin and a wink Billy added: “You’ll be met a few miles from the ferry and the goods will be transferred.

    “Don’t worry, the guys in the UK aren’t gangsters. Most are businessmen in their fifties.”

    Later, outside the bar, John Mansfield handed over a pre-wrapped parcel, asked us to deliver it and said: “If you do the drugs you can’t also do the videos. We use different drivers for each.”

    The parcel, addressed to a man in Chigwell, Essex, contained pornographic video lists, including child sex, violence and bestiality.

    Sorted has passed the addressee’s name to police.

    His evil contact Mansfield has long been known to Scotland Yard as a major pornographer.

    Demand for action now

    The Road Haulage Association yesterday called on the Government to crack down on the smuggling gangs preying on its drivers.

    A spokesman for the organisation said: “Smuggling drugs, pornography and immigrants is on the increase.

    “Our members have been approached by organised crime operations on the Continent, usually round the main drug routes like Holland, but Eastern European gangs are now also trying to recruit British lorry drivers.

    “A very small percentage take up their offers of cash on arrival in England of their shipment, be it pornography, immigrants or drugs.

    “More worrying is that gangs are planting goods or people in their shipment, completely without the driver’s knowledge.

    “There is a huge industry run by well organised, well-financed gangs who traffic human misery.”

  2. Troyhand said:

    Child Pornography: An Investigation
    Tim Tate
    Methuen, Jan 1, 1990

    [Pages 73-74]
    In the early 1980s you could walk down any of those streets, walk into any sex shop and pick up as much commercial child pornography as you could carry,’ recalls Toby Tyler. As part of his study of child pornography and child abusers, this Sheriff’s Sergeant from San Bernardino, California came regularly to Amsterdam to assess the Dutch market. He found it thriving.

    ‘There was no effective law to stop it. At the time the Dutch government’s attitude was that unless Dutch children were being abused in the making of the pornography then it was not a matter for them.’3 Tyler’s research is borne out by Anders Hidskes, proprietor of the Leititia sex shop on Oudebrugsteeg.

    ‘There was no real law. The police could have come in and raided the shops – but they didn’t do that very often. It was only in 1984 that the government decided that it was very good to please the Americans, and agreed to stop shops selling books with very young girls and very young boys.

    Hidskes and shop-owners like him buy their material from a number of wholesalers usually based in Rotterdam rather than Amsterdam. Wholesalers like Ari Van De Heul and his associate John Mansfield have become both suppliers to the Dutch domestic market and international exporters on a grand scale.

    Van De Heul and Mansfield are, at best, reluctant interviewees. Scotland Yard have no less than three outstanding warrants for the arrest of Mansfield – a former London pornographer who skipped to Rotterdam when, in the late 1970s, the going got hot. TO13 tried and failed to extradite him in 1985: the Dutch government blocked the request because his explicit pornography was not illegal under Dutch law.

    But push ‘Porny John’ Mansfield and he will admit that the reason for at least one of those warrants was his involvement during the early 1980s in the international distribution of child pornography. ‘Yes, that’s true. I was in the child-porn business because when I first came to Holland it was openly displayed and sold. Being naive I sold it as I sell everything else.’ John Mansfield has a young daughter himself. How, then, could he justify making money from photographic evidence of the abuse of other people’s daughters?

    “First thing: I wouldn’t like to see my daughter in a film like that – of course not, nobody would. But I don’t produce child pornography. I simply buy it and sell it the same as anything else. I’m purely a businessman: supply and demand. People want it; I supply it. At the same time I know now that child pornography can never be justified: it should be made illegal everywhere and in fact I stopped selling it in 1982.”

    Mansfield’s business was primarily a mail-order service; all his packages to UK customers were posted not from Rotterdam, but from within the UK itself. This method would shortly ring an alarm bell inside TO13 when they began intercepting child pornography coming from a Spanish-based dealer who, perhaps by coincidence, had a close association with Mansfield’s accomplice Ari Van De Heul.

    De Heul is less forthcoming about his involvement in child-pornography distributing. Like Mansfield, he will admit – though not readily – that he certainly used to sell child- pornography films and magazines before the Dutch finally clamped down.

    ‘In the old days there was just a legal market for that material. I was just a businessman supplying the merchandise whenever there was a demand. It can be cars, it can be anything. It’s just business.’

    But this ‘ordinary businessman’ knows that his child-pornography exports were considerably less welcome to British and American police than the stock in trade of most car salesmen. Perhaps for this reason he objects to being photographed, and has made formal complaints to the Dutch police that British law-enforcement officers have placed him under surveillance.

    “British Customs were following me everywhere – they like to make pictures of me for their files. I know from our Customs that the British were doing that: they told me I had to be aware for them.”

  3. Troyhand said:

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    Lord Lane’s slender grasp of the realities of paedophilia had been brought into focus two years earlier in the case of Professor Oliver Brooke. Brooke was the 46-year-old London paediatrician who amassed a huge collection of extreme child pornography, neatly bound and indexed in twenty-three albums. He had also commissioned a Blackpool photographer to take indecent pictures of an underage girl.

    When, on 18 December 1986, Brooke pleaded guilty to six counts of procuring and distributing child pornography, Kingston Crown Court sentenced him to one year in prison. Brooke and his lawyers appealed, and five months later on 11 May the case came before the Lord Chief Justice of England, Geoffrey Dawson Lane.

    Before reviewing what Lane said and did that May morning in 1987, it is important to review the evidence in the Brooke case. It shows quite clearly what Ray Wyre and others like him recognise as an addiction.

    Oliver Gilbert Brooke was one of the world’s leading paediatricians. Appointed a professor at the age of forty-four, he had already become an authority in the field of neo-natal care and had written a well-respected book on child care and development. He had four children of his own, but by 1978 had become ‘hooked on child pornography’, according to his barrister.

    He began covert buying trips to Copenhagen and Amsterdam, building up contacts with producers and dealers who continued to supply him throughout the 1970s and until his arrest in 1986. In 1985 he had begun corresponding with a Danish dealer named Finn Clausen, asking him to supply magazines and videos. Brooke even supplied a neatly compiled list of the exact titles he sought. Copies of Clausen’s correspondence show the nature of Brooke’s shopping list, and how much he was prepared to spend on his obsession.

    Dear Mr. Brooke,

    Many thanks for your letter. I can offer all on your list except the following: Girls of 14, none available. ‘Lolita Extra 1, unavailable. The rest I can obtain at the following price…£535.65

    If you are interested I can obtain a number of 200-ft 8-mm full-colour films for £80 each, plus a video for £125. It contains a number of short stories, mostly Indian/Thai girls, duration about 1 hour. The films are ‘Lolita Love’, ex-Topsy/Candy Film, Copenhagen, and never released because of the change in Danish law. Six films available, never used, boxed.

    Clausen was just one of several dealers Brooke contacted and paid for providing explicit child pornography. But his involvement didn’t end there. Among those dealers was an expatriate English grandfather, Leslie George Smith.

    Smith lives on the Costa del Sol, operating his pornography dealership from an apartment in Torremolinos. In 1985 he supplied Brooke with substantial quantities of child pornography through his British errand-runner, Ralph Brittan. In return, apart from large cash payments, Brooke began funneling other explicit material back to Spain, and thence on to the shady [B]Dutch dealer Ari Van de Heul[/B]. Nor did the paediatrician stop there. In June 1985 he had placed an advert in the soft-core men’s magazine Escort, reading: ‘Private collector seeks schoolgirl photos, Box No. 120238.’

    Quite how many replies Brooke received was never clear. Other than ‘no comment’, he has had nothing to say to police, who suspect that he developed contacts with more than a dozen British paedophiles. They know for certain that at least three men responded – John Colin Wilson, a forty-seven year-old car-repair-firm manager from Manchester; Roderick Bartholomew Gegg, twenty-four years old, unemployed and living in Perrancoombe, Cornwall; and Gary Glyn Jones, a storekeeper-cum-clerk, aged thirty-six, from Colwyn Bay, North Wales. Gegg’s statement is particularly revealing.

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  4. Troyhand said:

    The Mirror (London, England) – December 9, 1997
    A DEALER IN DEATH; Creep who targets truckers to import drugs and child porn

    Russell Mansfield and his father John target truck drivers as couriers by leaving hand-written notes under windscreen wipers at lorry parks near Rotterdam.

    Mansfield snr, originally from Essex, is wanted in Britain to face 52 child pornography charges. Now a Sorted investigation reveals that he and his son have branched out into drugs.

    Inside, John Mansfield, 49, boasted: “There is the porn thing, but to make some serious money would you be interested in doing drugs?

    The parcel, addressed to a man in Chigwell, Essex, contained pornographic video lists, including child sex, violence and bestiality.

    Child Pornography: An Investigation
    Tim Tate

    …Wholesalers like Ari Van De Heul and his associate John Mansfield have become both suppliers to the Dutch domestic market and international exporters on a grand scale.

    Mansfield’s business was primarily a mail-order service; all his packages to UK customers were posted not from Rotterdam, but from within the UK itself. This method would shortly ring an alarm bell inside TO13 when they began intercepting child pornography coming from a Spanish-based dealer who, perhaps by coincidence, had a close association with Mansfield’s accomplice Ari Van De Heul.

    https://spotlightonabuse.wordpress.com/2013/05/21/oliver-brooke-and-lord-lane-the-full-story/comment-page-1/

    Clausen was just one of several dealers Brooke contacted and paid for providing explicit child pornography. But his involvement didn’t end there. Among those dealers was an expatriate English grandfather, Leslie George Smith.

    Smith lives on the Costa del Sol, operating his pornography dealership from an apartment in Torremolinos. In 1985 he supplied Brooke with substantial quantities of child pornography through his British errand-runner, Ralph Brittan. In return, apart from large cash payments, Brooke began funneling other explicit material back to Spain, and thence on to the shady Dutch dealer Ari Van de Heul. Nor did the paediatrician stop there. In June 1985 he had placed an advert in the soft-core men’s magazine Escort, reading: ‘Private collector seeks schoolgirl photos, Box No. 120238.’

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