From his Brisbane home, 42-year-old Kyle Dawson would pay a woman in the Philippines named Joann for live sex shows over webcam.

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Both men and women can be victims of this crime, either by being blackmailed or by being coerced into carrying out sexual acts.

The best way to stop yourself from becoming a victim is to be very careful about who you befriend with online, especially if you’re considering sharing anything intimate with them.

Because of the names of my nieces and nephews were on Facebook I blocked her immediately.

A few of my nieces would've laughed about it anyway.'Realising Jon was not bothered by her threats, 'Marie' reduced the blackmail figure to £100 and wrote: 'I'm not afraid of the police and to know that I'm a guy and I belong to an organization and the police can't find me lol'.

Victims are often worried about reporting these offences to the police because they are embarrassed.

If someone threatens to share explicit images of you unless you pay them money: Remember that you're the victim of organised criminals - you're not alone and confidential support is available. If this has happened to you and you're under 18 please talk to an adult that you trust.

Jeff Nagle, the Australian chief executive of International Justice Mission, is familiar with the raid."Upon the arrest of Kyle Dawson and the seizure of his computer equipment they were able to identify the location of some of that live-streaming abuse in the Philippines," he told 7.30."Kyle Dawson had recorded those shows to watch at a later date and had done that with the intent to share or watch again that there was stored material that could be used as evidence."The AFP tipped off authorities in the Philippines and together with International Justice Mission launched a sting operation by posing as a customer."That's when the police started to go into the house and rescue the children," Mr Inocencio said."They're being provided with psychological care, especially trauma-informed care."Joann is now being prosecuted for qualified trafficking — basically this is the law against trafficking against persons in the Philippines."In July, Dawson was sentenced to five years in prison at the Brisbane District Court.

The Australian Federal Police is concerned demand for child abuse material is increasing across the country.

Live-streaming has been identified as a priority area to target."In 2014 we received about 4,500 referrals of child exploitation material and in 2015 it was 11,000," Justine Saunders said."So, this is a global trend."It's not hopeless but I won't deny this is alarming."The nature of the referrals, the increasing challenges associated with the use of the internet and the anonymity associated with the live-streaming makes this very, very difficult but I won't deny that and certainly we are making in-roads." One way authorities are doing that is by chasing the money trail.