Three children have been rescued from a den of alleged abuse by two female "pimps" following an arrest led by Australian authorities.
The child sexual abuse investigations by the Australian Federal Police (AFP) and New South Wales Police Force have led to the arrest of two Australian men, as well as the rescue of three children and the arrest of two women by Philippine authorities.
All of the children, aged between six and 17 years old, were removed from harm after the AFP referred intelligence to the Filipino Internet Crimes Against Children Centre (PICACC).
Footage posted online captures the moment the three children were taken to safety, accompanied by the officers.
The clip also gives a glimpse of how the wretched den looks like – with bedrooms complete with a chest of drawers and miscellaneous items.
Filipino National Police arrested two women, both aged 27, for their alleged role as facilitators of online child sexual abuse.
The arrest came after the Australian Federal Police charging Jamboree Heights, a 66-year-old Queensland man in August 2020 with multiple child sexual abuse offences.
Detective Superintendent Andrew Perkins, senior AFP officer in the Philippines, said: "This latest rescue in the Philippines demonstrates the effectiveness of the PICACC, of which the AFP via our International Command in the Philippines is a partner agency.
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"It also highlights the success of our relationship with Philippine Authorities as well as our domestic partners in Australia who work to protect children around the world."
Alessandro Abella for Philippine National Police Chief of the Women and Children Protection Centre: "These latest results shows that the Covid-19 pandemic will not stop the Philippine National Police Women and Children Protection Centre and our partners from bringing perpetrators of crimes against children to justice.
"We stand committed to protecting and rescuing vulnerable children from the atrocities of these type of crimes."
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