‘Unfortunately I can’t go out and see kiddos anymore’: Read the sickening messages between paedophiles on the Dark Web as police reveal how they are grooming children to take pictures of their siblings in lockdown
- The AFP received more than 21,000 reports of child exploitation in 2020
- Detective Superintendent Paula Hudson said lockdown was behind the surge
- The AFP intercepted messages between paedophiles boasting about kids
- Parent’s have been caught ‘pimping out’ their children for child abuse material
Paedophiles have been intercepted exchanging sick messages on the Dark Web boasting about using the Covid-19 lockdown to prey on children.
The creepy conversations, recorded by cyber-cops, include offenders discussing disgusting methods and fantasies.
One offender wrote: ‘Unfortunately I can’t go out and see kiddos anymore’.
Another said: ‘I hope you parents with kids at home are using this opportunity to get the kids nude and take lots of pics,’ another wrote in a dark web chat room’.
A third message boasted: ‘Being stuck inside could be good for those who have young ones with them’.
The trove of messages comes as police reveal paedophiles have been grooming children to take explicit images of their siblings.
Child sex offenders have been caught exchanging sick messages on the Dark Web boasting about using the COVID-19 lockdown to prey on children
Detective Superintendent Paula Hudson from the Australian Federal Police’s Centre to Counter Child Exploitation and its Child Protection Operations, said predators were preying on impressionable children in internet forums.
‘Offenders saw Covid-19 as an opportunity to target vulnerable children spending more time online unsupervised,’ she told The Mercury.
‘We’re seeing forums dedicated to the Covid-19 pandemic – users of like mind are discussing opportunities to groom children and upload and share images.
‘It’s been shocking and brazen.’
The Child Protection Triage Unit received more than 21,000 reports of child exploitation in 2020 involving ‘images and videos of children being sexually assaulted or exploited for the sexual gratification of online child sex offenders.’
These reports included a frightening 250,000 child abuse material files, with a total of 191 people with 1847 alleged child abuse-related offences in the year 2020, according to the AFP.
Some of the most shocking situations included parents pimping their kids out to paedophile’s by filming acts of child abuse online to share, as well as children being blackmailed to capture images of siblings nude.
Det Sup Hudson said the lure of likes or free products were being used to make friends with children through direct messages or online games.
She said once predators have a relationship with children and have already received child abuse material, they blackmail the child into continuing to send explicit content.