Man jailed, seven children rescued from child abuse ring – myGC.com.au
Seven children have been rescued and a Queensland man jailed following a full investigation into an international child abuse ring.
The 68-year-old appeared in Brisbane District Court on Thursday, where he was sentenced to five years in prison after being convicted of a series of child abuse offenses.
The man was arrested in February last year after ABF officers at Brisbane International Airport found images of child abuse on his laptop, smartphone and USB drive .
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Investigations revealed that the man sent money to people based in Thailand and the Philippines to facilitate child sexual abuse.
As a result, Philippine authorities executed a search warrant in Labason, Zamboanga del Norte, on the island of Mindanao in February this year.
Seven children, aged 3 to 14, were rescued and a woman, who is still in court, was arrested.
Intelligence gathered during the woman’s arrest in the Philippines led UK authorities to investigate a UK national identified as having allegedly made payments to the same woman.
A search warrant was executed in Bracknell in the UK in September, where a number of devices were seized and a 51-year-old man arrested.
AFP Detective Superintendent Jayne Crossling said the operation involved officers from the Australian Federal Police, the Australian Border Force, the UK National Crime Agency and the Philippine National Police.
“AFP is working around the clock with our international and national law enforcement partners to bring to justice those who seek to harm children,” she said.
“Advances in technology now mean that multiple law enforcement agencies must work together to break down the networks that share this material and keep children safe. “