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Australian jailed after purchasing child exploitation material from Philippines

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AUSTRAC information assisted authorities to identify an Australian suspect who was accessing child exploitation material produced in the Philippines.

Australian law enforcement authorities received information from counterparts in the Philippines about an individual they arrested in the Philippines for child sex exploitation-related offences, including the production of child pornography material.

Searches of the AUSTRAC database revealed that the Australian suspect had been sending international funds transfer instructions (IFTIs) to the Philippines-based individual.

Analysis of AUSTRAC information identified that over a 16-month period the Australia-based suspect undertook at least 13 outgoing IFTIs to the individual arrested in the Philippines. The IFTIs were for amounts between AUD55 and AUD680 and totalled more than AUD4,450. All funds were transferred via a remittance business, with the majority conducted online. The IFTIs were payments by the suspect to enable him to access a child pornography website operated by the Filipino suspect.

Australian authorities executed a search warrant at the suspect’s home and seized a large amount of child pornography consisting of more than 156,000 images and 1,325 video files.

The suspect was convicted of two counts of using a carriage service to access child pornography material, two counts of using a carriage service to make available child pornography material and possessing child abuse material. He was sentenced to three-and-a-half years imprisonment.

Offence

  • Child exploitation

Customer

  • Individual

Industry

  • Remittance services

Channel

  • Electronic

Report type

  • IFTI

Jurisdiction

  • International – Philippines

Designated service

  • Remittance services (money transfer)

Indicators

  • Multiple low-value international funds transfers to a high-risk jurisdiction
  • Multiple international funds transfers sent to the same beneficiary
Last modified: 30/07/2015 15:36