David Stuart

Underage girls hunted for sport on porn sharing site

CLOSE to 30,000 people have signed a petition calling on Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull to shut down a virtual hunting ground encouraging people to share explicit photos of underage school girls.

News of the website's existence broke on Wednesday with reports users were requesting photos of girls from more than 70 schools across Australia.

The petition, led by domestic violence awareness group Red Heart Campaign, was picking up speed with almost 30,000 signatures early Thursday afternoon.

Red Heart co-ordinator Sherele Moody said police needed to turn the conversation back to the people posting the photos.

"Asking girls to not acquiesce when their partners request photos of them won't work - it's like asking the ocean to hold back the tide," she said.

"I'm guessing most of these girls are put in emotionally charged situations by these young men, who ask for the photos as part of their 'relationship' and as a sign that they trusted them.

"Nude selfies are like love notes when the adults of today were kids."

The Australian Federal Police issued a statement saying officers were investigating how to act, given the website was hosted overseas, outside Australian jurisdiction, and its users' identities were kept anonymous.

"The Australian Federal Police is aware of the existence of a website which encourages users to upload images of a sexual nature," the statement read.

"A number of these images allegedly depict non-consenting and/or underage women.

"The AFP is currently liaising with its domestic and international law enforcement partners and relevant government agencies to evaluate this matter and to determine appropriate courses of action."

AFP's manager of victim-based crime Commander Lesa Gale recorded a video message, issued over Facebook, to

"As parents and caregivers, you must be concerned, and you should know that we at the AFP are too," she said.

"Let me stress that you should not access this website - it is an offence to do so.

"My message to the perpetrators is that you are committing a criminal act, and that this is beyond bullying."

Commander Gale encouraged parents to sit down with their children to talk about protecting themselves in an ever-evolving digital world.

"Emphasise to your children they should never feel pressured into sharing or doing something that makes them feel uncomfortable," she said. -ARM NEWSDESK


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