Australian Justice Minister says suicides will not deter child porn arrests

Australian Minister of Justice Chris Ellison said Saturday that the suicides of four individuals charged in the country's largest criminal investigation will not deter future arrests. The Australian Federal Police have already charged over 200 suspects in a massive child pornography sweep. Ellison stated that arrests from the action, termed Operation Auxin, could reach 500 individuals charged with various violations of sex crimes acts. Some individuals charged have already begun appearing before courts.

The investigtion began after American officials released information they had uncovered in an investigation of child pornography in the US, which pointed to a source of the illegal pictures, games, and videos in Australia. JURIST's Paper Chase has background on the arrests here. Australia's Sunday Times has more.

 

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