Deakin’s arrest on April 20 reveals one of the darkest corners of the internet, where paedophiles in the US, Canada, Europe and Australia pay facilitators on the other side of the world to sexually abuse children, even babies, directing their moves through online livestreaming services.
The FBI says it’s epidemic, and that at any given moment, 750,000 child predators are online.
Online communication, or chat, can be divided into two types: text chat and video chat, which has become the most widespread mean of online communication since webcam became popular.
With the help of webcams people got an opportunity for distant communication by means of accessible web interfaces called a web chat or cam chat, or special software programs like Skype.
Police seized his hard drives in a raid on his den in the Philippines and have used the material found to break into a web of paedophiles from across the globe, including Australians, Hulley told au.'The Philippines is definitely a hot spot for live streaming abuse of children,' Hulley told au.'Where there is a demand, organised crime are the experts in delivering supply.
Now, that they are involved, these cyber dens are popping up all over the place in south east Asia.'Hulley, who helped law enforcement develop intelligence on Scully, said webcam sex tourism is on the up all over the world and called the Philippines 'ground zero.'He says this is because the country has good internet infrastructure – but many live in poverty.
Scully's capture was a huge blow to the billion-dollar business, according to Glen Hulley, who worked as an undercover cop in Victoria for 13 years before founding Project Karma – a charity that rescues exploited children and hunts child sex tourists.
During our wide-ranging conversation she'll talk confidently about the business of live streaming video, the ephemeral nature of online fame, Rashida Jones' controversial Netflix documentary and the markup on consumer eyewear.
But one question gives her pause."Have you ever thought about how intimate your relationship is with your computer?
Almost every case stems from the Philippines, where good English speakers, increased internet connections and widespread international cash transfer systems combine with widespread poverty and easy access to vulnerable kids.
The youngest victim ever, rescued a few weeks ago, was an infant, two months old. “This should serve as a warning,” said NBI anti-human-trafficking chief Janet Francisco, who leads the case.