Child porn website mastermind held in Australia

Child porn website mastermind held in Australia

Four children from New South Wales (NSW) are among 29 victims of child abuse rescued from different parts of the world after a crackdown on the website. An 11-year-old Brisbane boy, eight children in Russia, five in Mexico and others in Britain were also rescued, the Age reported.

Queensland police tracked the website for more than a year, covertly gathering the internet addresses of 21,000 site users - 1,000 of them in Australia - and arrested its alleged mastermind on the Gold Coast, the report said.

Twenty-one people have been charged with 86 offences in Queensland, mostly possession of child pornography and using a carriage service to view illegal material.

Among those charged is a 23-year-old man who police say had "full control" of the site, which was hosted on a server in the Netherlands and contained 44,000 child pornography images. He is due to appear in a Brisbane court June 3.