27 Apr 2018

Three arrests after men traded images of child sex abuse

12:49 pm on 27 April 2018

Customs has arrested three men this month for trading images and videos of children being sexually abused, exploited and tortured, and it is warning that offenders will be caught.

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After a tip off from overseas, a 29-year-old Taranaki man was arrested for uploading material onto a popular social networking site and faces up to 14 years imprisonment.

A 23-year-old man was arrested and charged with exporting objectionable publications.

Customs said further charges are likely after his electronic devices are searched.

Last week a 22-year-old man was charged in Dunedin after a messaging app reported he was sending child exploitation material to other users.

Customs said offenders need to be aware that being web-based or on social media apps doesn't guarantee them anonymity because there is a global network of organisations and agencies out to catch them.