U.S. law enforcement officials reported on Wednesday, Nov. 12 that they succeeded in exposing a major child sexual abuse network in Australia with links to the United States, Canada, Asia, Europe, and New Zealand. Several arrests have already been made in connection with the case and raids are expected to continue. 

An investigative report generated in the United States and presented to Australian authorities earlier this year has led to the discovery of a major child sexual abuse network, which is believed to be primarily based in Australia but with strong ties to several countries including the United States, New Zealand, Canada, and other nations in Europe and Asia, The Associated Press reported.

According to information reported from Australia, 16 men have been arrested in New South Wales, Queensland, and Western Australia in the last few months, facing charges for 828 cases of child sexual abuse, in addition to production and distribution of child abuse material. 

Justine Gough, assistant commissioner of the Australian federal police, informed local media at a press conference that the first person arrested was a 29-year-old man named Justin Radford, and through his cellphone several members of the evil network were reached and 15 more people were arrested.

Gough also reported that a total of 46 children between the ages of 16 months and 15 years were rescued in Australia.  

The commissioner was committed and touched by the issue, saying, “No child should be abused and violated by people they trust, whether it be a family member, a child care worker, or a soccer coach. Sadly and heartbreakingly, this has been the case for the victims.” 

At the same time, it was noted that there have been a total of 18 U.S.-related “cases” in which three men were arrested with child abuse material.

“Operation Arkstone is not over,” said Justine Gough in reference to the investigation still underway, adding, “We are not ruling out further arrests in Australia or abroad.”

In the United States, there is growing concern about the increase in pedophilia cases on social networks and websites. At the end of September, a young woman led a petition with the aim of collecting signatures to demand the courts close a website that functions as a forum for pedophiles, where they share their experiences and exchange photographic material.

The petition filed by the young woman, Belle DeMasi, asks the FBI to investigate a pedophile website where thousands of members talk openly about child abuse. The petition quickly went viral on social networks and reached over 175,000 signatures. 

As the Neonnettle website comments, several YouTubers tried to publicize the forum, and show the perversities inside, with the intention of having it denounced and finally closing down access. 

According to the analysis made by the Newsweek site, the forum seems to have its origins in the Incel community—a male subculture that targets women who are accused, according to their interpretation, of denying them their right to sex. Some extremists in this culture go so far as to promote violence or rape. 

The website has been blocked. There is no known official confirmation that the courts have intervened to have it blocked, and it could be one of the reasons for the closure that the perverse users simply changed their platform.