Police have arrested 92 people in eight European countries who allegedly participated in a child
pornography network that sold videos to 2,500 customers.
An analyst for Europol, Menno Hagemeijer, said the customers came from many different countries and all walks of life.
"We have identified schoolteachers, swimming instructors, lawyers, IT specialists," he said. [Link]
All walks of life? Really? I was expecting him to say, "All 2,500 of them are priests. Every last one of them."
I’m not quite convinced that child porn offenders come from "all walks of life," so let ‘s look at a few other cases.
The suspects come from all walks of
life, authorities said, many of whom are self-employed or corporate
white-collar professionals. [Link]
All walks of life. There it is again.
Those arrested come from all walks of life,
and include a police officer, a schoolteacher and a doctor, he said. [Link]
All walks of life. We might have a pattern.
The people looking at these images came from all walks of life, and
from all age groups. Many of them were actively working with children. [Link]
All walks of life. The evidence is mounting. But is it really "all walks of life"? Surely one or two professions aren’t represented. What about nuclear physicists? Or marine biologists? Or Supreme Court Justices?
Perhaps "all walks of life" is a euphemism. Perhaps what they really mean to say is, "I know what you’re thinking, but they weren’t all priests."