An investigation into a child abuse site has saved more than 100 children after a Queensland Police taskforce shut down the online paedophile ring.
Taskforce Argos took over Childs Play, and worked undercover on the site triggering arrests and rescues around the world.
The site’s 3000 active members engaged in the exchange of images and videos of young children – some just babies – and used the forum to organise to engage in abuse.
An investigation of a child abuse site has saved more than 100 children after a Queensland Police Taskforce shut down the online paedophile ring
The site involved images of young children – some as young as babies – and videos, where the 3000 active members exchange and engage in abuse
Paul Griffiths, the Argos victim identification manager, said about 100 offenders have been identified, among them being a man who has abused at least 10 boys and girls, as well as a healthcare professional who works with children.
Lawyers, military personnel and IT workers are also among those 100 offenders identified, The Australian reported.
Mr Griffiths said victims who have been abused were identified, as the group continue working to rescue more victims of the abuse.
It is only when investigations were well underway that police were able to acquire the location of victims and their abusers, Detective Inspector Jon Rouse said.
‘Even if they are outside our country, we will not turn our backs on them,’ Inspector Rouse said.
It is only when investigations were well underway that police were able to acquire the location of victims and their abusers, Detective Inspector Jon Rouse said
Childs Play quickly became a popular child-abuse site after its launch by Canadian Benjamin Faulkner, and American Patrick Falte, in April 2016.
They were both arrested later that year and charged with the rape of a four-year-old girl.
They were jailed for life in September 2017 on sexual assault charges.
During their arrest, Argos took over the forum and posed as Faulkner in order to collect profiles of offenders and victims.
The site has since been shut down by Argos, but investigations continue to rescue the children targeted.
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