AFP swoops on two child porn enthusiasts in Canberra as part of a national operation

By 23 March, 2012 10

The Australian Federal Police have announced their latest successes in hunting down the perverts who take joy in the sexual torture of children:

The AFP’s Child Protection Operations teams executed 19 search warrants across Australia over the last week, arresting men between the ages of 21 and 64.

These men were allegedly accessing child sexual exploitation material via a peer-to-peer file sharing network, with images depicting children including infants, being sexually abused.

From 16-23 March 2012, AFP officers conducted warrants in New South Wales, Queensland, Victoria and the ACT. During the warrants AFP officers seized computers, hard drives, laptop computers, portable storage devices and mobile phones alleged to contain hundreds of thousands of child abuse images and videos.

The investigation began in December 2011, after the AFP received a referral from INTERPOL referencing Australian internet users allegedly accessing and sharing child exploitation material and using the same file sharing network to do so.

As a result of the INTERPOL referral, a number of suspects were identified across Australia.
The men arrested have been charged with offences relating to using a carriage service to access and make available child exploitation material, contrary to the provisions of section 474 of the Criminal Code Act 1995. These offences carry maximum penalties of 15 years imprisonment.

There were two arrests in the ACT. Our thoughts are with the unfortunate officers who are going to have to look through all the evidence.

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10 Responses to AFP swoops on two child porn enthusiasts in Canberra as part of a national operation
#1
Dilandach10:10 am, 23 Mar 12

Everyone loses with this stuff.

The kids who have to suffer.
The officers who have to look at it.
The people who eventually get caught.

Get caught with kiddy pr0n, your life is effectively over.

#2
Mysteryman10:46 am, 23 Mar 12

I really feel sorry for the poor police offers who have to catalogue the evidence. What an awful thing to have to do.

#3
c_c11:02 am, 23 Mar 12

Mysteryman said :

I really feel sorry for the poor police offers who have to catalogue the evidence. What an awful thing to have to do.

Many people in abusive situations, whether it physical, sexual or mental, actually develop a coping mechanism where they basically switch off their normal self. Some even describe it as existing outside their body while it’s happening.

I’ve heard some officers who work in more disturbing areas of Police work like this describe a similar way of coping with it.

The positive to come out of this is that other crime take a dim view of these freaks and will no doubt dispense punishment superior to that the judiciary comes out with.

#4
Typsy McStaggers3:36 pm, 23 Mar 12

I know an officer who used to be part of that unit, they generally don’t want their people to develop coping mechanisms because really, if that sort of thing doesn’t affect you, you’re not human. At the same time someone has to do it. They revolve their resources through these positions, two years would be considered a long time.

Well done on the bust though.

#5
HenryBG4:21 pm, 23 Mar 12

This is a few years old now,

http://www.dfrws.org/2010/proceedings/2010-311.pdf

16% of investigations of CP possession ended with discovery of persons who directly victimized children

In a typical investigation, the investigator performs the
following steps:
1. One or more files of interest (FOIs) are identified.
2. The p2p system is used to locate a set of candidates: IP addresses corresponding to potential possessors and distributors of FOIs.
3. Of these candidates, some subset is chosen for further investigation.
4. The investigator then will attempt to verify a candidate’s possession or distribution of contraband.
5. As part of the previous two steps, each candidate’s IP address and other p2p-level identifying information is logged.
6. On the basis of this information, a subpoena to the ISP associated with the candidate’s IP address(es) is obtained, to determine a person a responsible and a location associated with the observed behavior.
7. On the basis of the evidence of contraband and the subpoenaed information, a search warrant is issued in search of the computer and contraband associated with the investigation.

#6
Ian6:05 pm, 23 Mar 12

Dilandach said :

Everyone loses with this stuff.

The kids who have to suffer.
The officers who have to look at it.
The people who eventually get caught.

Get caught with kiddy pr0n, your life is effectively over.

And this last sentence is a problem, how?

When does the naming and shaming of the freaks start?

#7
Merle8:03 pm, 23 Mar 12

I have a cousin who used to work in child protection for the NSW police. She moved into the drug squad to get a break from it. This is a woman who has received awards for bravery, but as the mother of a little girl she just found it too hard to look at that filth.

#8
LSWCHP10:36 pm, 23 Mar 12

I worked for quite a few years with a bloke now convicted of this sort of stuff. It makes me sick to think about it.

#9
SnapperJack5:59 am, 24 Mar 12

On the positive side, in the age of the Net this sort of thing leaves a digital paper trail and the perpetrators can be more easily traced rather than in the old days when thousands of Polaroids were traded secretly and nobody knew anything about either the subjects in the photos or the incidence of child sexual abuse in general.

#10
R. Slicker6:11 am, 24 Mar 12

I remember as a kid in the mid 1970s seeing child porn magazines for sale at a newsagent in Civic. On one side of the magazine rack were respectable, clean magazines like the Women’s Weekly while on the other side were porn magazines including kiddy porn. They were all wrapped in clear plastic, the covers could be clearly seen and they had titles like Piccolo and Lusty Lads.

It wasn’t until Mike Willesee on Channel Seven in 1978 did an expose about the availability of kiddy porn magazines that they were finally banned in Australia.

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