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ABC’s 7.30: Cybersex Trafficking of Children


Watch here: “Predators using internet to direct live online sex abuse” 

ABC’s leading current affairs program, 7.30, has revealed the sickening truth about the fast-growing crime of cybersex trafficking.

Tracing the case of convicted Brisbane pornography-addict, Kyle Dawson, reporter Michael Atkin has followed this story from online, paedophile chat-rooms in Australia to the sprawling slums of the Philippines, where the commissioned abuse of children is live-streamed over the internet.

Driven by poverty, perversion and impunity, cybersex trafficking of children appears to be growing at an alarming rate and taking an unimaginable toll on tiny lives.

7.30 has investigated this complex crime, speaking with the Australian Federal Police, Austrac and International Justice Mission as they seek to coordinate justice system responses both domestically and in the Philippines.

“I want to thank Michael Atkin, Nikki Tugwell and the ABC for their dedication in telling this story and exposing these horrendous crimes,” International Justice Mission Australia CEO, Jeff Nagle, said.

“Light shone on cybersex trafficking involving people both in Australia and around the world helps International Justice Mission in its mission to rescue victims, restore survivors and bring criminals to justice.”

“It is a difficult task involving a coordinated approach from many agencies, and every assistance in exposing violent, criminal injustice is welcome.”

About International Justice Mission

International Justice Mission is an international, Christian human-rights organisation operating in 17 communities across the developing world. IJM partners with law enforcement, government departments and social welfare agencies to protect the poor from violence.

Together, we rescue victims, bring criminals to justice, restore survivors, and strengthen the justice systems themselves. We have seen over and gain that when good laws are appropriately enforced, the prevalence of violent crime drops dramatically.

Founded in 1997 and headquartered in Washington D.C. USA, IJM’s Australian office officially opened in May 2014 and is primarily engaged in support-raising, advocacy and logistical support.

Cybersex trafficking facts

- The Pay-Per-View cybersex trafficking of children involves paying customers here in Australia commissioning the real-time sexual abuse of children online.

– Two crimes are being perpetrated – the commissioning of the abuse here in Australia, and the facilitation of that abuse in the Philippines. IJM’s primary involvement is with the supply-side crime in the Philippines.

– In more than half the cases we’ve investigated, the providers have been parents, relatives or close friends of the children abused. Similarly, more than half the victims we’ve rescued are pre-teen.

– IJM has helped facilitate the rescue of more than 20 victims this year, the arrest of 15 suspects and the conviction of five perpetrators in the Philippines. In April, IJM helped facilitate the rescue of a 3-month-old girl and 13-month-old boy from cybersex trafficking.

– We understand the reporting of cybersex trafficking cases in the Philippines has increased six-fold since 2014.

– IJM has assisted in the rescue of more than 2,500 women and children from sex trafficking since 2006, and arrested nearly 2000 providers/pimps.

– In 2009, the United Nations estimated there were over 750,000 paedophiles prowling the internet for children at any time.

– Netclean [Sweden] has found 1 to 2 in every 1000 employees watches child sexual abuse material on work computers, during work hours. Between half and on-third of these go on to abuse children themselves.

‘We are just scratching the surface here in Australia’

International Justice Mission’s Mr Nagle believes the real number of Australian perpetrators abusing children could be much higher than the AFP numbers indicate.

Since 2011 IJM has rescued more than 120 children, including a baby, and they know there are many more.

“We conducted a join rescue operation and rescued a ten-month-old child and we know that our law enforcement partners this year rescued a baby that was much, much younger and so these are being requested by paedophiles here in Australia,” Mr Nagle said.

“Not only are they asking for younger and younger children they are demanding more and more violent forms of abuse”.

“We believe we are just scratching the surface here in Australia.”


To find out more about how you can join the fight, follow this link.

IJM Australia Chief Executive, Jeff Nagle, is available for interview by appointment.

Contact Jess Slater
Email: contac[at]
Phone: 1300 045 669


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