More than 40 family members of victims in a Perth paedophile gang have been charged in the New South Wales child sex ring, police say.
The family members have been accused of conspiring to provide the “protection and comfort” to other families in the city.
Police in Hobbourn said they had received two indictments related to the operation.
“This is a big investigation that’s going on right now and it’s about family members and friends and everyone in the community,” Detective Inspector Andrew Smith told reporters at the scene of the alleged ring.
Police said a number of families in Hobboards area are believed to have been involved in the “Paedophile Network”, which allegedly groomed and abused boys and young men in a network of homes across Perth.
“The people involved in this operation are well known to the police and they’ve been arrested,” Detective Sergeant Andrew Smith said.
“It’s been a difficult time for everyone involved.”
We are aware of the allegations that have been made and we will be doing everything in our power to bring those responsible to justice.
“I’m very pleased that these charges have been laid and the investigation has concluded.”
But I want to make it clear that we will continue to make sure we investigate every allegation against those who are involved and we’re doing that with the help of the Australian Federal Police.
Police said the ring included at least 12 men aged between 14 and 24. “
We have not been successful in tracing any of the people who were allegedly involved in that operation,” he said.
Police said the ring included at least 12 men aged between 14 and 24.
Det Supt Smith said there had been no evidence of the operation being run by the “child exploitation” unit.
“There was no child exploitation operation in this case,” he added.
The operation is believed to be one of the biggest child sex rings in the country, with at least 150 alleged victims from as far back as the 1980s.
Police are looking into whether any of those victims have been able a legal remedy.
“I would urge anyone with information about the operation to come forward and tell us,” Detective Supt Steve Anderson said.
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