Five alleged child sex offenders have been arrested in South Australia in the past week in a crackdown on the crime.
Raids were carried out in Adelaide’s northern and southern suburbs by the Australian Federal Police and South Australia Police.
The accused offenders have been charged with child exploitation offences, including a 39-year-old man who thought he was talking to an underage girl but was actually talking to a police officer.
Two of the five men were arrested after a tip-off from the United States.
AFP Detective Superintendent Gail McClure said police would continue to pursue “those who view or trade abusive videos and photographs”.
“The perverse demand for this abhorrent content fuels the physical abuse of children,” she said.
The five men range in age from 27 to 43 years old.
One has already faced court and the other four will in the coming weeks.
Ninety-two suspected child sex offenders were arrested in South Australia last year, up from 60 a year before.
Authorities say that’s indicative of an increased demand for perverse child abuse material.
“The impact of the COVID lockdowns has contributed to this increase, principally because both offenders and children have been spending more time at home and therefore more time online,” McLure said.