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Overseas payments lead to child abuse charges

An Adelaide man has been allegedly caught with child abuse images and videos after suspicious transactions were made to the Philippines.The SA Joint Anti Child Exploitation Team (JACET) charged the man, 62, after receiving information from the Australian Transaction Reports and Analysis Centre (AUSTRAC) that sparked an investigation.AUSTRAC financial intelligence found people in Australia allegedly…

An Adelaide man has been allegedly caught with child abuse images and videos after suspicious transactions were made to the Philippines.

The SA Joint Anti Child Exploitation Team (JACET) charged the man, 62, after receiving information from the Australian Transaction Reports and Analysis Centre (AUSTRAC) that sparked an investigation.

AUSTRAC financial intelligence found people in Australia allegedly sending suspicious payments to known facilitators of abusive material.

The accused is allegedly one of them and is suspected of transferring about $65,000 to different recipients in the Philippines since 2006.

SA JACET searched the man’s home last month and seized a laptop, USB, DVDs and CDs, a dozen Western Union money transfer forms and external hard drives.

Investigators later allegedly found the abusive material and communication with suspected Philippines residents.

The man was later charged with possessing and using a carriage service to access child abuse material, which carries a maximum sentence of 15 years in jail.

He was due to appear in the Elizabeth Magistrates Court on Monday.

The seized items are still being analysed, and further charges could be laid.

The Australian Federal Police (AFP) said information was provided to Philippines authorities to try to identify any victims and perpetrators.

AFP detective Acting Superintendent Gavin Stone said children were being forced into the most appalling violence on camera for money, and anyone who viewed this material online was just as complicit in the abuse as those who physically harmed a child.

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

“The AFP and South Australia Police are working around the clock with our partners to bring to justice those who seek to do harm to our children.”

AUSTRAC intelligence partnerships national manager Bradley Brown said monitoring the transactions people used to pay for online child abuse materials was one of the most effective ways of tracking down individuals committing these abhorrent offences.

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