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Seventy People Arrested in Australian Child Pornography Ring

The largest child pornography investigation in history has resulted in the arrest of over 70 people in Australia. The arrests were the culmination of a six-month investigation that spanned 170 countries. If that number doesn't blow your mind, consider this: the people arrested ranged in age from 19 to 81, and were from all walks of life, including a teacher, a youth worker, and a police officer.

The investigation was dubbed Operation Centurion, and collected information from a website containing downloadable pornographic images of children ranging from 18 year-olds to — get this — infants, being physically and sexually abused. No one is entirely certain where these images originated or the identities of the children in the photos.

During a 76-hour period of monitoring the site, it logged over 12 million hits, with 2,800 hits originating from Australia. The Australian Federal Police Commissioner said of this sting: “The AFP will not tolerate any form of child abuse in Australia or anywhere in the world and will continue to work with local and overseas counterparts to arrest those behind child exploitation.”

Though the arrests are a victory, the police sadly don't know if the children in the photos are still being abused.


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