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Thai child model agent arrested after Australian tip-off

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The owner of a children’s modelling agency has been arrested in Thailand after a tip off from Australian Federal Police and South Australia Police investigating a global child exploitation ring.

The owner of a children's modelling agency has been arrested in Thailand after a tip-off from Australian Federal Police and South Australia Police investigating a global child exploitation ring.

The 28-year-old Thai man has been charged with a range of offences, including sexually assaulting children aged under 13 and taking away children aged under 15 for indecent purposes.

Thai authorities allege he was using the modelling agency as a front to access and abuse children, then record and distribute footage and images of the horrific crimes, Australian Federal Police and South Australia Police said in a statement.

The man was first arrested in May last year after Thai authorities searched the modelling agency's headquarters while Australian police were investigating the alleged activities of another man.

Police in Thailand seized several electronic devices allegedly containing more than half a million files of child abuse material and charged the 28-year-old with possessing the illegal content.

Last week, Thai DSI searched the 28-year-old's home, which is also used as the offices of the modelling agency, and charged him with the further offences.

The South Australia Joint Anti Child Exploitation Team (SA JACET), launched Operation Bayldon in late 2017 after Interpol identified a website trading in pay-per-view child abuse material, featuring boys from Asia.

An administrator of the website, a Thai national, was found to live in Adelaide.

He was arrested and later sentenced to 40 years in jail.

South Australia Police Detective Chief Inspector Richard Lambert, Acting Officer in Charge of Public Protection Branch, said the positive outcome of this investigation has resulted in the removal of children from further harm.

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"It is this type of result that motivates all police officers to persist in their quest to detect and apprehend child sex offenders, who take advantage of our must vulnerable people," Detective Chief Inspector Lambert said.

Source: 9News https://www.9news.com.au/national/thai-child-model-agent-arrested-after-south-australia-investigation/af054045-b2a4-4fda-8d10-2d9d158ba0ca

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