Australian police find 46 child abuse victims of ‘global network’

Australian police find 46 child abuse victims of 'global network'
One of the men who was arrested, in an image blurred by police. ‍Source: AFP
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Daily US Times: Australian police say they have arrested 14 men and rescued 46 children after an investigation into an international child abuse network.

The victims were allegedly subjected to crimes, including sexual abuse and other forms of exploitation.

Authorities said the investigation also led to three arrests in the US and had identified suspects in Asia, Europe, Canada and New Zealand, authorities said.

The case is considered to be one of the biggest of its kind in Australia.

The Australian Federal Police (AFP) said all victims were aged between 16 months and 15 years old. Sixteen of the victims had attended one childcare centre.

The arrested men faced a total of 828 child exploitation charges, as well as bestiality charges involving four animals.

Authorities said the network had produced and shared videos and images online.

Police said, one of the most serious cases involved a 27-year-old suspect who had worked in a childcare centre in New South Wales and had access to 30 children.

The man faced more than 300 charges, including sexual abuse. His 22-year-old partner was also facing charges.

Police said the families of the children at the centre had been notified.

According to AFP report, the year-long investigation on child abuse gang began after a tip-off from investigators in the US about an Australian internet user.

That led to an arrest in February this year of a man (30) in the town of Wyong, north of Sydney. He was charged with 89 offences, including the abuse of two children.

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