Children as young as two ‘forced into filming live-sex shows’ are rescued in the Philippines after police were tipped off by an accused Victorian man’s online chats
- The arrest of an accused paedophile in Victoria led to 14 children being rescued
- Six girls and eight boys, aged between two and 17, were removed on May 7
- The AFP tipped off the Philippine Internet Crimes Against Children Centre
- Anthony Scott, 68, was charged with possession of child abuse material
The arrest of an accused paedophile in Victoria has led to 14 children being rescued from sexual abuse in the Philippines.
Six girls and eight boys, aged between two and 17, were removed from harm on May 7 after the Australian Federal Police provided intelligence to the Philippine Internet Crimes Against Children Centre.
The Philippine National Police arrested three women and a man in Bombon, in the province of Camarines Sur, accused of facilitating the online child sexual abuse.
Investigators from the Victorian Joint Anti-Child Exploitation Team, comprising AFP and Victoria Police, in March charged Anthony Scott, 68, with possession of child abuse material.
A young child is seen being rescued from the alleged child sex ring in the Philippines, with the youngest just two years old
Six girls and eight boys (pictured, some of the victims), aged between two and 17, were removed from harm on May 7
The maximum penalty for the offence is 15 years imprisonment.
They then tipped off the AFP International Command in the Philippines.
A computer seized from the man contained child abuse material and records of online chat conversations allegedly facilitating ‘pay per view’ child abuse content in the Philippines, police alleged in a Victorian court.
Among the evidence seized in the Philippines last week were digital devices containing child sexual exploitation material, a sex toy, and several money transfer receipts showing foreigners as senders, police allege.
The Philippine National Police arrested three women and a man in Bombon, in the province of Camarines Sur, accused of facilitating the online child sexual abuse
The child victims have been placed in the care of a local social welfare office.
‘Our investigators are dedicated to protecting children in Australia from abuse and work with law enforcement across the world to do the same,’ AFP Commander Todd Hunter said on Monday.
The investigation into the Australian man was linked to an earlier Victorian arrest of a man charged by the AFP for allegedly paying for live-streamed child abuse.
Police traced the initial arrest to the Philippines, which led to the rescue of nine children, aged two to 16, and the arrest of a woman by Philippine authorities.
Fourteen children, aged between two and 17, have been rescued from alleged child sexual abuse in the Philippines. Pictured: Philippine National Police conducting a raid