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NEWS: Australia makes child porn sweep

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posted on Sep, 30 2004 @ 02:35 PM
More than 150 people have been charged with child pornography offences in the biggest crackdown in Australia. Teachers, police officers, a child care centre owner and employees of former and present members of state parliament were among them. The typical people next door you would never expect. More than 2m images were seized, involving children aged 2-16, after raids across the country.
Mike Phelan, head of the Australian High Tech Crime Centre, said hundreds more will eventually face charges. Seven children in Brisbane being abused by a paedophile were identified as part of the police operation. They had been systematically abused for several years by a paedophile who lived in the same area, police said. "This is a heinous crime that involves real people," Mr Phelan said.

"It has involved high-risk professions and those involved in contact with children including health care professionals, education officials, department officials and those working within the education environment as well as law enforcement officers," Mr Phelan said.

Justice Minister Chris Ellison said 2,000 charges would be laid, including child sex tourism, sex abuse, and possessing, downloading or distributing child pornographic images. He (Phelan) said it involved police raids on homes across Australia and was based on intelligence from the US Customs service about a network of internet sites in Russia and eastern Europe.

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Australian police have also discovered a number of photographic studios in suburban homes apparently designed for the production of child pornography.

"(They) are the most extreme that we have ever seen here in the territory," NT Organised and Major Crime Squad acting commander Colleen Gwynne said. Nevertheless, this awful crimes need to be stopped, they are damaging the kids.

Although there was no comment on the photos themselves, it was mentioned that some of the pornographic material dated back 20 years.

Here is a breakdown of the sweep:

1: Queensland - 55
2: New South Wales - 42
3: Australian Capital Territory - unknown number
4: Victoria - unknown number
5: Tasmania - unknown number
6: South Australia - 7
7: Western Australia - 21
8: Northern Territory - 9

posted on Sep, 30 2004 @ 05:06 PM
I just want to say thanks to the FBI for tipping the Aussie police off

posted on Sep, 30 2004 @ 07:24 PM
This big a story, and this small a reply?

Great good Aussies, looks like not all police officers eat donughts and do nothing.

posted on Sep, 30 2004 @ 07:36 PM
Well I didn't really want to post a long topic about how this never would have happened without US help....although what makes this interesting is that on Law & Order:SVU on the night all this was revealed, was about breaking an international kiddy porn ring.

posted on Oct, 1 2004 @ 05:08 AM
Great job, Aussies

We need more raids like this one all over the world.

posted on Oct, 1 2004 @ 04:30 PM
This may sound callous & hard, but the Media attention this story has been given in Australia has been comparable with 9/11 & the Invasion of Iraq, what's the truth?
What are they diverting our attention from?
What are they setting us up for?

Little Fish & Big Sharks

Who remebers the "co-operation" between the Australian Pedophile task force & their Asian counterparts to destroy the "Child Sex Tours" for Western tourists being conducted in poor Asian countries?
Yes some strides had been made & some "token" arrests had been conducted, but what happened?

I'll tell you.

The Asian Tiger crashed,suddenly there was no longer any funds to devote towards the Task Force, indeed the flood gates were let open for these "kiddy fiddlers" to roam whence they will.
it seems for a country like Indonesia "Tourist Dollars" are more important than the rights & safety of children

Little Fish & Big Sharks

Remember, when they insist on sticking a Chip in your neck or Arm or issuing you with a smart's for the Children.

Remember the Children, it's for their Safety & Protection

Little Fish & Big Sharks

Don't be fooled, human action cannot be legislated, Only you can ensure the safety of your children

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