A Queensland man has been has been hit with 75 new charges over the alleged online sexual abuse of up to 50 child victims in the Philippines.
The 57-year-old was taken into custody and charged in November 2019 after Australian Border Force officers allegedly found child abuse material on his phone as he entered Australia from the Philippines in October 2019.
The matter was then referred to the AFP Brisbane Joint Anti-Child Exploitation Team who conducted a full forensic review of a number of other electronic devices, which police allege revealed “extensive evidence of offending”.
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The detectives passed on information regarding the man’s victims and facilitator to Philippine authorities, which led to the rescue of three of the man’s child victims, aged six, eleven and fourteen, from a property in north Manila last month.
A 34-year-old woman in the Philippines was also arrested for her alleged role as the facilitator of the online child sexual abuse.
Some of the new charges laid against the man this month include 28 counts of procuring a child to engage in sexual activity outside Australia, 13 counts of causing child to engage in sexual intercourse in the presence of the defendant outside Australia and 13 counts of causing child pornography material to be transmitted to himself using a carriage service.
The matter was heard in the Brisbane Magistrates Court today, where the man did not seek bail and was remanded in custody.
Detective Superintendent Hudson acknowledged the importance of cross-border collaboration to stop the abuse of children.
“This is an international problem and needs an international solution,” Detective Superintendent Hudson said.
“We will continue to work closely with the Philippine National Police to identify further victims and remove them from harm.”
If you are in immediate danger call 000 now. If you require advice or assistance, the following services offer counselling and support:
Lifeline 24/7 telephone crisis support 13 11 14
1800RESPECT 24/7 phone 1800 737 732
Gold Coast Centre Against Sexual Violence phone 07 5591 1164
Bravehearts phone 1800 272 831