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Australian Federal Police Break Major Child Abuse Network

Posted: March 14th, 2013 | Author: | Filed under: CRIME! | Tags: , , , , , | Comments Off on Australian Federal Police Break Major Child Abuse Network

AFP Cybercrime Unit Cracks Major Australian Paedophile Ring

It’s a much smaller world for Australian paedophiles today. No longer safe behind their hideous little peer-2-peer networks, Australian Federal Police – AFP – say they’ve smashed a major child-sex-abuse network of online predators, arresting 21 people from around Australia this week.

AFP commenced Operation Conqueror in January, investigating the production, sharing and distribution of child abuse material – video and images –  on the internet.

AFP, state and territory police officers carried out 36 search warrants in every state and territory as part of the operation, and arrested 21 people, with a further 6 still being sought for questioning.

“The material that’s been seized can only be classed as abhorrent and personally disgusting,” AFP Cyber Crimes operations manager Glen McEwan said. “Tackling this heinous crime is a key focus for the AFP.”

Hundreds of thousands of images and videos were seized in the raids, Mr McEwan said that one property raided had 26 hard drives – ranging in size from 500GB-2TB – filled with illegal images and videos.

Mr McEwan called on the community to continue passing on information and assistance in prosecuting crimes against children.  He says as even though technology evolves allowing criminals to change their techniques, it is just a matter of time before online predators will be caught. Mr McEwan said the images seized were both locally and internationally produced :: Read the full article »»»»