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.
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.
HSI Manila Deputy Attaché Eric Mc Loughlin said, "Close coordination and the sharing of information between HSI and the IACAT are crucial in the arrest of traffickers and the rescue of victims of human trafficking and sexual exploitation.