15 Australians picked up in global paedophile swoop

June 1st, 2009 - 10:57 am ICT by IANS  

Sydney, June 1 (DPA) Fifteen Australian men have been arrested in a global swoop on those who downloaded a film clip of the rape of an 8-year-old Russian girl, police said Monday.
They expect to pick up at least 30 suspected paedophiles as they run through the list of those who accessed the film in the four months it was on the internet last year.

Police in 92 countries are tracking as many as 9,000 suspects believed to have downloaded the 18-minute video, believed to have been made in Russia.

Australian police were alerted to the illicit activity by German police.

“It shows the tenacity of law enforcement around the world to crack into peer-to-peer operations to get this type of material off the internet,” said child protection operations manager Neil Gaughan.

He said all of those charged are male and none is believed to have a conviction for child sex offences.

During the raids, police seized hundreds of thousands of additional images of child pornography.

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