The AFP have the disturbing news that there’s a Canberran amongst the 65 Australians arrested for child abuse images in a global sting out of Canada:
Sixty-five Australians have been arrested and 399 charges laid as part of a global investigation into a child exploitation website operating out of Canada.
A total of 339 suspects have been arrested worldwide, in one of the largest investigations of its kind by law enforcement agencies across the globe.
The investigation, which was led by the Toronto Police Service (TPS), has uncovered a large international network of people using a Canadian-based website to access child exploitation materials.
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Details of the three-year international investigation were announced last night by the Canadian authorities.
The details of Australian-based users were referred to the Australian Federal Police (AFP) for further investigation after the TPS was able to determine the identities of the website’s international customers.
Under what is known as Operation Thunderer, the AFP and state and territory police subsequently conducted 103 search warrants across the country, arresting 65 people for 399 offences relating to child exploitation.
As a result of investigations 386 children have been removed from harm worldwide, including six in Australia.