Two women arrested in alleged ‘paedophile ring’ accused of child abuse

An alleged "paedophile ring" has been dismantled as two women are accused of abusing at least 12 children and using them to make disgusting videos.

They are also accused of bestiality and distributing child abuse images.

A 39-year-old childcare worker in Townsville, Australia, is the alleged ringleader and is facing 104 charges, including sexually abusing his own children, siblings, and dogs.

Police have identified 12 potential victims, two boys and 10 girls, aged from infancy to 16, and one alleged victim was an adult.

A 33-year-old man is also charged with six counts of distributing child exploitation material, accessing such material, drug possession and production.

The accused ring has been operating since 1995 when the earlier of the accused ringleader's crimes were allegedly committed.

He is also accused of taking images of his victims and distributing them over a number of years as part of a string of crimes he is said to have committed.

Detective Senior Sergeant David Miles said a two-year-old girl, who was allegedly one of the victims, was rescued from a home in Cairns, in the Australian state of Queensland, earlier this week.

He said the child was allegedly "passed around as a result of exchanging of drugs".

The policeman said some of the alleged crimes may have happened at the childcare centre but most were against the man's own children.

Investigators have been working closely with the childcare centre involved but have not named it.

Senior Sergeant Miles said the supposed ringleader allegedly targeted vulnerable women with young children.

He said: "He has then been providing them with drugs for the purpose of sedating his victims for the purpose of conducting his offences."

The man is expected to appear in the Townsville Magistrates Court on September 29.

His arrest came after an investigation where hard-drives, telephones and USB sticks were seized earlier this week.

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