Three children rescued from online sex abuse ring in the Philippines

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Three children have been rescued from an online sex abuse ring in the Philippines following investigations by the Australian Federal Police (AFP).The children, aged between six and 17, were removed from harm after an investigation between the Philippine National Police and the National Bureau of Investigation in Manila during March this year.Two Australian men have been arrested as part of the investigation.Two women, both aged 27, were also arrested in the Philippines for their alleged role as facilitators of online child sexual abuse.The development comes after a 66-year-old Queensland man was charged with multiple child sexual abuse offences in August 2020.A 40-year-old man who was allegedly communicating with the same women to pay for online abuse was also arrested in November last year."AFP child protection investigators work every day to help rescue some of the most vulnerable and bring the people who harm them to justice,'' Child Protection Operations Detective Superintendent Paula Hudson said."For the AFP, this work is about the children we save. Our officers never give up, no matter whether a child victim is based in Australia or overseas."New South Wales Police Force (NSWPF) Child Exploitation Internet Unit (CEIU) Manager, Detective Chief Inspector Chris Goddard said the arrests send a message to those who prey on the community's most vulnerable."The NSWPF continues to work hard to protect children and bring offenders to justice and this latest incident shows the collaborative approach we have with our partner agencies, both nationally and internationally, to investigate internet crimes against children," Detective Chief Inspector Goddard said."The National Bureau of Investigation remains steadfast in our commitment to combatting the sexual abuse and exploitation of children," National Bureau of Investigation Chief of the Anti-Human Trafficking Division, Attorney Janet Francisco SAID.

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