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Apr 02 2012

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Child Porn Software to Help Police – They Need All the Help Programmers Can Give to Take Down These Perverts

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April 02, 2012 7:54PM

COMPUTER software used in a child porn investigation where 15 people were arrested two weeks ago will now be rolled out across the nation.

Home Affairs Minister Jason Clare said the government would invest $4.58 million so police forces across the country could use the Child Exploitation Tracking System.

He said this system allowed police to compare seized child exploitation material against a national database of previously seized and reviewed child exploitation material.

“It will allow police to process large volumes of evidence without repeated exposure to these horrible images,” he said in a statement.

“It has the ability to analyse tens of thousands of images in one hour instead of manually examining images over the course of several weeks.”

In the major police operation in March, seven men were arrested in Victoria, five in NSW, two in the ACT and one in Queensland following a tip-off from Interpol to the Australian Federal Police (AFP) in December.
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Police seized hundreds of thousands of images and videos, some involving very young children.

Mr Clare said the Child Exploitation Tracking System allowed police in different states and territories to work together on child exploitation investigations.

“The system extracts images from seized hardware, automatically identifies known content and presents the new material to the investigator in an easy-to-use system,” he said.

“The investigator then analyses the new content, categorises it and stores it in the national Child Exploitation Tracking System so that it is available for future investigations by any investigating officer with access to the system anywhere in the country.”

Mr Clare said he could not think of a worse crime than preying on children.

“This technology will be very important in identifying and catching the people who commit these terrible crimes,” he said.

“In the past six years the AFP has arrested 850 offenders for 1,123 charges related to child sex offences.”

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