A group of men accused of being part of a suspected paedophile ring that abused 16 children hid their crimes from bosses and colleagues at their day jobs.
Forty-four men aged 19 to 57 in every state in Australia, except the Northern Territory, allegedly shared child sexual abuse images using a “cloud storage” company.
Australian Federal Police have arrested the men, and they face 350 charges for sex crimes relating to the abuse of children.
Some men were allegedly abusing children themselves, and would then film and share the videos online to the cloud service.
Other men allegedly shared sickening videos showing children as young as 18 months being raped and tortured.
Investigators also seized videos produced by Australian paedophile Peter Scully, who is currently serving a life sentence in the Philippines.
The AFP labelled Scully's abuse material as the most abhorrent produced.
Officers swopped on several alleged targets following a year long investigation into the suspected paedophile ring.
Police removed six children from harm in Victoria and Southern Australia, two in Queensland, one in New South Wales and one in ACT.
The accused worked as school secretaries, retail workers, construction, transport, law enforcement and hospitality, and others worked closely with children.
AFP Sergeant Joel Van Den Brun said demand for child abuse material is increasing and warned paedo's around the world it is "only a matter of time" before the force comes knocking.
He said: “If you access or trade these videos and images online, or pay to watch a livestream of children being abused in another country, you are complicit in the physical abuse of children.
“The AFP and our partners are committed to identifying anyone involved in the harm of children, whether they are in Australia or overseas, no matter their age or personal circumstances – police scrutiny is at an all-time high.
“It's only a matter of time before we come knocking on your door.”
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