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‘People don’t want to talk about it,’ but reports of children being exploited online have spiked substantially

TRENTON, N.J. – As New Jersey started locking down in the COVID-19 pandemic, a convicted rapist and registered sex offender from Oklahoma named Aaron Craiger stepped off a Greyhound bus in Atlantic City. He had a phone with child sexual abuse materials on it and graphic plans to carry out his sexual fantasies with two 11- and 12-year-old girls. Instead, Craiger was met on March 18 by undercover law enforcement in a four-month sting that led to the arrests of 19 men, one woman and one juvenile male accused of sexually exploiting children online. While the world has battled the health and economic effects of the coronavirus, another global issue has raged in tandem with little notice — and without...

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AFP restrains assets from a man who sold child abuse material online

** Images from the operation, including photos of the restrained assets, are available via hightail.** A Belgian tourist who bankrolled his Australian holiday by selling online child sex abuse material has had his local and offshore assets restrained by an Australian Federal Police-led taskforce. The man, 26, who pleaded guilty and was sentenced in Downing Centre District Court on Thursday, 15 October, 2020, is the first offender convicted with child exploitation offences to have his assets restrained since AFP Commissioner Reece Kershaw set a new aggressive strategy for the Criminal Assets Confiscation Taskforce (CACT). Under the new direction revealed last month, the AFP-led CACT will now actively determine if the assets of child sex offenders can be confiscated. Two bank accounts;...

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Police squad to investigate child sex crimes in Peel region over fears abuse is rife

WA Police Minister Michelle Roberts will ask the state's police commissioner to send a squad of detectives to the south west after the death of a 11-year-old girl prompted fears a group of child abusers were operating in the region. Annaliesse Ugle, who has been named with her family's permission, took her own life earlier this week after her alleged abuser was released on bail. Peter Humes, the man in his 60s who is alleged to have abused her between 2014 and 2020, faces 11 charges of indecent dealing and sexual penetration of a child under 13-years-old. He is the second Aboriginal man in the state's Peel region, about 100 kilometres south of Perth, to face serious child sex accusations. On...

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Dire Federal Circuit Court backlogs prove family court merger a risk to families, judges

A bill to collapse the specialist Family Court into the generalist Federal Circuit Court (FCC) must not proceed, amid revelations the FCC is facing severe backlogs of more than a year’s worth of migration and family law cases. The FCC’s Annual Report, released on Friday, reveals stark concerns that the FCC is simply unable to cope with its increasing workload, putting vulnerable children, Australian families and Judges at significant risk. The FCC’s pending migration law caseload spiked by 58 percent, up from 7,674 applications in 2017–18 to 12,158 applications in 2019-20. If current filing rates continue, the Report concludes that without further resources the pending migration caseload will overtake the pending family law caseload in less than two years. The FCC...

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Girl, 11, kills herself after man accused of raping her was set free on bail - as her distraught family say the system 'let her down'

Year six student takes her own life weeks after her sex abuser was granted bail The tragedy has sent shock waves through Western Australia's legal system  The girl's distraught mother said the police and the courts 'let her baby down' The case reignites concerns over lack of support for Aboriginal victims of crime An 11-year-old girl has taken her own life just weeks after the man accused of brutally raping her was freed on bail.    The Year 6 student was airlifted to Perth Children's Hospital from a rural community on Monday and died from her self-inflicted injuries the following day.   Her alleged abuser was arrested in September and charged with sexual penetration of a child under 13 and indecent dealings with a...

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