Australian Man Allegedly Paid More Than $65,000 for Philippines Child Abuse Material

An Adelaide man has been arrested after allegedly sending more than $65,000 to suspected child exploitation content manufacturers in the Philippines.

Police say the 62-year-old has been found with photos and videos of sexually exploited children.

The South Australia Joint Anti Child Exploitation Team (SA JACET) raided the man’s home on July 16 after he was named as one of three Australians who sent money to the established organisation for child sex abuse.

For further investigation, the police confiscated a laptop, USB, several DVDs and CDs, a dozen Western Union money transfer forms and some external hard drives.

They claim they have uncovered signs of detailed contact with citizens of the Philippines.

The man has been charged with possession of child abuse material and accessing child abuse material through a carriage service.

The mandatory sentence is 15 years’ imprisonment for these offences.

Examination of confiscated products is continuing, and additional charges may be imposed.

AFP Detective Acting Superintendent Gavin Stone says children are being coerced into the most horrific violence for money on video and anyone who watches this content online is just as complicit in the abuse as those who physically harm a child.

“No child anywhere in the world should have to be victimised for the perverted desires of some people in our community,” Stone said.

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