More than 40 Australian men have been charged with possessing child abuse material and sharing their material online via a cloud storage platform.
Federal police on Friday said they’d filed 350 charges in total against 44 men in every Australian state and the ACT, with 16 children removed from harm’s way.
The cloud storage platform was allegedly used by thousands of sex offenders around the world, with some alleged Australian offenders also producing their own abuse material.
“The material was classified as the most abhorrent produced,” AFP said in a statement.
The Australian offenders are aged between 19 and 57.
The men were employed in range of occupations, including construction, transport, law enforcement and hospitality.
Australian Federal Police Commissioner Reece Kershaw thanked detectives for their hard work, saying victim identification was “a race against time”.
Some of the items seized by police as they arrested 40 Australian men for allegedly possessing child abuse material. Credit: AFP
“Pixel by pixel, our investigators painstakingly look for clues and never give up, and the tools they use give Australian police access to world-leading expertise,” Mr Kershaw said.
“Children are not commodities and the AFP and its partner agencies work around the clock to identify and prosecute offenders.”
One of the man charged with possessing child abuse material in Ingle Farm is led away by police. Credit: AFP
The AFP said its Australian Centre to Counter Child Exploitation has in the past 12 months intercepted more than 250,000 child abuse material files online, while 134 children - including 67 in Australia - were removed from harm in the 2019/20 financial year.
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