44 men have been arrested on 350 charges after the police managed to smash a pedophile ring.
Six children were rescued in Australia, six more in Victoria, two in Queensland, one in the ACT, and another child in New South Wales.
44 pedophiles aged 19 to 57 allegedly used a ‘cloud storage’ company to share child sexual abuse material.
Many were abusing children, filming it, and posting the videos online while others allegedly shared clips that showed children as young as 18 months being tortured and raped.
The sickening material was seized by the Australian Federal Police.
Operation Molto started last year when the AFP received a tip from a US intelligence agency an international pedophile ring.
Thousands of pedophiles shared sickening videos on a ‘cloud-based storage’ system, some of which they allegedly produced themselves.
In Victoria, the 11 alleged offenders include a hospital manager, construction manager, forklift driver, shelf-stacker, student, and unemployed.
Queensland’s offenders include a security guard, police officer, tradesman, demolition contractor, transport worker, bicycle repairman and unemployed.
In South Australia, the nine alleged offenders include a restaurant worker, a wood and metal worker, a videographer, and a reservist. Eight alleged offenders in NSW include an IT consultant, retail services worker, fleet services manager, and forklift driver.
AFP Sergeant Joel Van Den Brun said: “If you access or trade these videos and images online, or pay to watch a livestream of children being abused in another country, you are complicit in the physical abuse of children.
“The AFP and our partners are committed to identifying anyone involved in the harm of children, whether they are in Australia or overseas, no matter their age or personal circumstances – police scrutiny is at an all-time high.”
He added: “It’s only a matter of time before we come knocking on your door.”
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