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Australian police uncover internet child porn network

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A global child pornography ring, spanning more than 70 countries, has been uncovered by detectives in Australia.

Some 500,000 images and 15,000 videos have been seized in an investigation, prompted by a tip off from Brazilian police.

The abused children are thought to be primarily from North and South America as well as Eastern Europe. The images are some of the worst officers have ever seen.

“The victims in this particular case, quite disturbingly, range from as young as 12 months old through to adolescent teenagers,” said Andrew Colvin, Acting Deputy Commissioner of the Australian Federal Police.

“We don’t describe it as amongst the worst for no reason. On a scale that we rate all images and, around the world all images are rated on a scale of one to five, with five being the worst, the worst of the worst, many of these images are fours.”

At least 22 people have been arrested in Australia. But more than 200 suspects have been identified worldwide and further arrests are expected in the next few days.