CHILD ABUSE 'GOES ON FOREVER'
A 14-year-old girl whose sex abuse images became the centre of an international child porn investigation wants a former Air Canada flight attendant to "really be punished as much as possible."
Once dubbed the Disney Girl when Toronto Police released altered versions of the photos in an attempt to rescue her, Masha Allen offered a victim impact statement at Andy Kwok's sentencing hearing. Her images were among Kwok's massive collection of 2,358 still photographs and 68 videos featuring children between 2 and 12 years of age.
"I know that these pictures will never end and my 'virtual abuse' will go on forever," Crown Attorney Mary Humphrey said, reading Allen's statement to Justice Anne Molloy. "Usually when someone is raped and abused, the criminal goes to prison and the abuse ends. But since Matthew (Mancuso) put these pictures on the Internet, my abuse is still going on.
"I want every single person who downloads my picture to go to jail and really be punished as much as possible. They are as evil as Matthew. They want to see me suffer. Child pornography is not a victimless crime."
Mancuso, a 47-year-old Pittsburgh divorced man, paid thousands of dollars through a New Jersey agency to adopt the Russian orphan when she was 5 so the little girl could be his sex slave.
Det. Const. Scott Purches of Toronto Police's child exploitation section said Allen was forced to have sex with her adoptive father every day. She was also chained and photographed and videotaped in explicit shots. Mancuso was sentenced in November to up to 70 years in prison.