Child porn net­work ex­posed

Townsville Bulletin - - News - by Nathan Paull

force­ment agency, New Zealand Po­lice, Europol, t he Zaanstreek-Water­land Po­lice in the Nether­lands and the Royal C a n a d i a n M o u n t e d Po­lice.

‘‘ With over 200 chil­dren re­moved from harm glob­ally, we imag­ine an even larger num­ber of c h i l d r e n w e r e s a f e - guarded else­where in the world; how­ever we will never know the to­tal fig­ure due to it be­ing such a lim­it­less crime,’’ Com­man­der Ed­wards said.

‘ ‘ T h i s d e mo n s t r a t e s that global law en­force­ment is work­ing to­gether in­ter­na­tion­ally to pro­tect chil­dren wher­ever they may be in the world.’’

The web­site Mr Dick­son al­legedly used to com­mu­ni­cate with pae­dophiles was even­tu­ally shut down.

‘‘ At the end of the day, our goal is sim­ple: child s a f e t y , ’ ’ C o m m a n d e r Ed­wards said.

T h e c o v e r t i n v e s t i - ga­tors have since been able to track the web­site’s mem­bers to other sites where they con­tinue to be mon­i­tored.

Mr Dick­son will ap­pear at the next Townsville District Court callover pe­riod on his charges.

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