Over Skype, Dawson was taken inside a Manila slum where he paid Joann to carry out the sexual abuse of three young children. Sam Inocencio, from the non-government organisation International Justice Mission, was involved in the crime-fighting operation in the Philippines that caught Dawson in the act."[The abused children are] two sisters and one boy, and the facilitator is their aunt and so even that alone is really just disturbing," he told 7.30."This type of crime is really just dark and evil."But Dawson left a trail for the AFP to find by also downloading vast amounts of child abuse material.In March last year, the AFP raided his Brisbane property.Since 2011 his organisation has rescued more than 100 children, including a baby, and they know there are many more."We conducted a joint rescue operation and rescued a ten-month-old child and we know that our law enforcement partners this year rescued a baby that was much, much younger and so these are being requested by paedophiles here in Australia," Mr Nagle said."Not only are they asking for younger and younger children they are demanding more and more violent forms of abuse."We believe we are just scratching the surface here in Australia."From his perspective on the front line in the Philippines, Mr Inocencio agrees.Last week, a woman divorced her husband after he had a 'virtual' affair in an online game.I navigated Hellershanks past the Sex Gen Beds and the automated poseballs, and eventually found the genitalia aisle, where a friendly seven-foot demon called Rawk Lionheart offered his assistance. " Hellershanks happily replied, and handed over his virtual cash.The two of us ran through the various options, weighing up the pros and cons of each. "As an entry level attachment, the BV-3D is one of the easiest to operate," store owner Stroker Serpentine told me approvingly when I later consulted him about my purchase, although he also noted that the L,500 Paragon was the only choice for the real aficionado.On the wall of his rented virtual house, he had hung a picture of Bugs Bunny with his backside jutted provocatively in the air. "I should say," he adds, "that I have no urge to jump a fox if I see one in the woods." "You can do things online today that you could hardly imagine in real life," says Brenda Brathwaite, a games designer and historian of sex in games.
Profiling by the financial intelligence organisation Austrac has resulted in live-streaming convictions of Dominic Patrick Hickey and Patrick Goggins."Financial intelligence is a really valuable part of the puzzle for our law enforcement and intelligence partners but it's a part of a puzzle," Austrac's national manager of intelligence Dr John Moss said."Both Hickey and Goggin were identified by profiling, [on] 14 reports that averaged to , so a small number, and the context is there are over 1 million transfers that go out of Australia into the Philippines valued at less than 0."Finding these activities in that mass of data requires specialist tools, dedicated analysts and more importantly information sharing."The International Justice Mission's Mr Nagle believes the real number of Australian perpetrators abusing children could be much higher than the AFP numbers indicate.The abusers are grooming people, usually in developing countries like the Philippines, to procure children and paying to instruct sexual abuse which is broadcast over the internet using webcam.It is a deliberate tactic to try to evade detection by authorities like the AFP, because it leaves little to no digital trail."Certainly we're seeing an alarming trend of Australians that are engaged in this activity," AFP Assistant Commissioner Justine Saunders told 7.30."It's no different to you or I, if we were going on and communicating between each other on Face Time or Skype where you're on a conversation with another person and there's no record of the conversation you're having during that time."Despite that, the AFP is having some success targeting live-streaming abusers.7.30 has been told the inside story of an extraordinary international crime-fighting operation that nabbed multiple live-streaming abusers and rescued children from harm.Soon, some experts say, a technology called teledildonics will make it even easier to forget that you're sitting alone in your bedroom with your trousers round your ankles, by hooking up the person at the other end of the broadband connection to physical stimuli that will mean users can finally return to two-handed typing.According to Corey Silverberg, a sex educator and online sex columnist, "The technology still hasn't been fully realised, and some of it's still a hobbyist thing.From his Brisbane home, 42-year-old Kyle Dawson would pay a woman in the Philippines named Joann for live sex shows over webcam.