Men adopted baby for child-sex ring
QUEENSLAND police will today extradite a New Zealand man to Brisbane to face charges in relation to his alleged involvement in a global child sex offender network.
The 42-year-old man was brought to the attention of police following a complex investigation by Queensland and international police which began in 2011.
Police said a significant part of the investigation focused on two Australian men who had claimed to have adopted a baby from a Russian surrogate mother.
The investigation uncovered the two men had procured the child for the intent of sexual exploitation and had facilitated the abuse of the child as part of an international network of child sex offenders.
The two men were arrested and charged during a trip to the United States in February 2012 and charged with several child exploitation offences.
Both are currently serving 40 and 30 year jail sentences in the US.
Police examined devices belonging to the men and uncovered chat logs, images and video allegedly identifying the 42-year-old New Zealand man had engaged in the sexual abuse of the child and taken hundreds of indecent images.
Detective Inspector Jon Rouse said the extradition is "testimony to the dedication and commitment" of Queensland investigators.
"This arrest closes the final chapter on a protracted and difficult investigation that has resulted in the arrest of members of a child sex offender network that spanned the globe," he said.
New Zealand Police arrested the man in August last year and today he will be extradited Brisbane to face nine charges of indecent treatment of a child under 12.
The man will face a Brisbane magistrate tomorrow.