The moment kids as young as six are saved from a vile child porn den in the Philippines after the arrest of two Australian accused paedophiles
- Three children were rescued from a den of alleged abuse in the Philippines
- Kids aged from six to 17 were removed from harm thanks to Australian intel
- AFP tipped off Philippines law enforcement after arresting man, 66, in Brisbane
- A 40-year-old NSW man was later found to be paying same Filipino woman
- Two female alleged pimps, both aged 27, were arrested in Manila
Three children have been rescued from a den of alleged abuse in the Philippines thanks to the arrests of two accused predators by Australian authorities.
Daily Mail Australia can reveal the kids, aged between six and 17, were freed last month from the Manila hovel where child abuse was allegedly livestreamed.
Not only were the children removed from harm’s way, but the Philippine National Police also caught two alleged female ‘pimps’, both aged 27.
The children’s rescue was brought about by Australian intelligence after Federal Police officers arrested a Brisbane man, 66, last August.
Police allegedly found a disturbing trove of child abuse material linked to the Philippines at the man’s Jamboree Heights home, in the city’s south-west.
Philippines authorities removed three children, aged between six and 17, from the home in Manila on March 4 – in an operation which can only now be revealed
One of the alleged victims sits on single mattress inside the Manila home as local police investigators pore through a chest of drawers
Detectives seized four mobile phones, three tablet computers and a laptop and put the man before the courts on a series of child abuse material charges.
The AFP itself was acting on a tip off from US authorities, which had intercepted vile images allegedly posted on Snapchat, Google and Yahoo social media sites.
Three months later, on November 3, NSW Police arrested a 40-year-old man, who they alleged had been paying the same Filipino woman for images of abuse.
The Federal Police shared its intelligence with Philippines authorities.
And the net finally closed on March 4 when authorities arrested the two women and ushered the alleged victims to safety.
Local authorities comforted one of the victims – a woman putting her arm around his neck and placing a towel over his face to protect his identity from local media
Above is the tiny home in Manila where authorities rescued the three children
This latest episode is just the latest in a string of child rescues brought about in the Philippines as a result of Australian policework.
In February, nine children aged between two and sixteen were rescued by local police in Angeles City, north of the capital.
A 42-year-old local woman was also arrested as a result of that raid.
Vital information that led to that rescue came about after the AFP found videos of a 61-year-old Victorian man allegedly raping Filipino girls.
The group of children were rescued some 14 months after the man was first arrested.
This image shows the rescue of children from a similar alleged den of abuse in Angeles City, about two hours’ drive from Manila, in February
Footage shared by the Australian Federal Police at the time showed a grown woman carrying a child down a dirt road under the escort of an official
An AFP spokesman said intelligence the agency had passed on to the Philippine Internet Crimes Against Children Centre had led to 35 arrests and the removal of 135 children from harm in the Philippines.
Officials from Australia and the UK helped set up the ‘centre for excellence’ in February 2019 in a bid to stem the scourge of child abuse in south east Asia.
In a statement on Thursday night, Paula Hudson, the AFP’s Child Protection Operations Superintendent, said: ‘AFP child protection investigators work every day to help rescue from of the most vulnerable and bring the people who harm them to justice.
‘For the AFP, this work is about the children we save. Our officers never give up, no matter whether a child victim is based in Australia or overseas.’
Members of the public who have any information about people involved in child abuse and exploitation are urged to call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.