70 Australian schools are target of a pornography ring of teen boys and young men secretly swapping and exchanging graphic sexual images of female students.
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News.com.au have revealed more than 2000 images have been posted or traded by Australian members since the group began operating in December last year.
Young men use the site to nominate the specific high school or region they are phishing for nude photos from, along with the full names of girls they are “hunting”. Hundreds of individual names have appeared on “wanted” lists, including the names of sisters and entire high school friendship circles.
Once a girl’s name appears on a list, other members of the group then “contribute” by posting identifying information about the intended victim, such as her full name, face, school, home address, and phone number, along with directives like “Go get her boys!”
News.com.au reports, thousands of explicit, nude images of teen girls and young women have been uploaded or traded on the swap-meet site. Some high school girls are pictured performing sexual acts while wearing their school uniform. Other images on the site include graphic close-ups of victim’s genitalia and breasts, and photos of young women engaged in penetrative sexual acts.
The site has been reported numerous times to police for child pornography, but so far they say they are unable to act because the site is hosted overseas.
Australian police are investigating the website. Taskforce Argos, which deals with child exploitation in Queensland, confirmed on Wednesday it was working with interstate counterparts to investigate the site believed hosted offshore.
Education Minister Jeremy Rockliff on Wednesday telling parliament his department is working with authorities to learn more about the disturbing and serious allegations of exploitation.
“This has taken cyber bullying to another more extreme level,” he said.
In total the site mentions 28 high schools in NSW, 18 in Queensland, 15 in Victoria, five in the ACT, two in South Australia and two in Tasmania.
Parenting expert Dr Justin Coulson is very concerned, as a father of six girls he shares, “The fact that tech now allows for our children to be walking around with porn in their pockets is damaging.
But the ongoing exposure to it, combined with the status that sexual conquest provides for boys, is creating a culture that is endangering the physical, emotional, and sexual wellbeing of our children – and the impact for those affected may be lifelong.
There has never been a more difficult time to be a young person than today. The challenges that our boys and girls face to make safe and healthy decisions, to have empathy and compassion for others, or to simply grow up unscathed in a world that seems all too determined to harm them, are immense.
It has never been more important for us as parents to develop healthy, respectful relationships with our children. It has never been more important for us to sit down and talk with them. It has never been more important for us to listen to them and see the world through their eyes.
We need our girls to feel safe. We need our boys to be respectful. We need, as parents, to really teach our children wisely – and to support and guide them when they struggle or make mistakes.
And we need to help them know that not everyone is like this. They need hope. We are the ones that can help them find it.”
If you have further information or would like to report concerns contact Crimestoppers on 1800 333 000 or the Child Protection Helpline on 132 111.
If you or someone you know has been impacted by sexual assault or exploitation support is available at 1800 RESPECT and Kids Helpline 1800 55 1800.
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