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Australian police dismantle paedophile ring as 40 charged and 16 children removed from harm

Australian Federal Police (AFP) have charged 44 men and removed 16 children from harm after investigators dismantled a national paedophile ring.

Published on Stuff

The alleged perpetrators – some of who stand accused of producing their own child abuse material – are now facing a combined 350 charges after a law enforcement referral sparked a nationwide criminal investigation into child exploitation material.

Coordinated by the Australian Federal Police-led Australian Centre to Counter Child Exploitation (ACCCE), the operation has led to the arrest of 44 men aged from 19 and 57 years and employed in a range of jobs such as construction, transport, law enforcement and hospitality.

Commissioner at AFP, Reece Kershaw said the year-long Operation Molto had netted offenders in every Australian state, plus the ACT.

Kershaw said as a result of all AFP investigations, 134 children were removed from harm – 67 domestically and 67 internationally – between July 2019 to June 2020.

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By Erin Pearson
Published October 23, 2020

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