Confronting new docu-series podcast investigates child exploitation


LiSTNR and DNX Media are today launching a new original docu-series podcast, The Children in The Pictures, which tells the true story of an elite team of Queensland police called Taskforce Argos.

Over eight episodes, listeners meet the team of detectives dedicated to infiltrating global dark web criminal organisations and the story of their takedown of the world’s most nefarious child abuse site.

This podcast series offers exclusive insights into the minds of the perpetrators of these crimes, how these networks operate and what people can do to better protect the children in their lives from this type of crime.

DNX Media and LiSTNR went to court to tell this story, requesting the removal of a longstanding suppression order over the name of the website.

The Children In The Pictures docu-series podcast is presented by documentary maker Akhim Dev.

Considered a landmark investigation, it is the first time undercover agents were able to take over and run a vast and secretive criminal network from the inside.

Akhim Dev says “The Children In The Pictures is a must listen for anyone with children and teenagers in their life who want to educate themselves on how predators work to target young people. It also explores the next frontier of child exploitation: selfies and self-generated images, which end up in the wrong hands online – leaving kids vulnerable to grooming, blackmail and extortion.”

LiSTNR Head of Factual and Drama Podcasts, Jennifer Goggin says “This is a series that was challenging to make but so worthwhile. Child abuse is a silent epidemic coming for our kids and this podcast is a powerful examination into how it has become widespread online and what we can do to fight it.”

The Children In The Pictures series deals with confronting issues involving abuse against children. Listener discretion is advised. If you or anyone you know needs help please contact:

* Lifeline on 13 11 14

* Kids Helpline on 1800 551 800

* Suicide Call Back Service on 1300 659 467

The Children In The Pictures is available now on the LiSTNR app.

Listen to eps 1 and 2 here.

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