9 episodes

The story you weren’t allowed to hear is finally out in the open. It’s a silent epidemic— and it’s coming for our kids.

Australian documentary-maker Akhim Dev follows the Queensland Police investigation of a notorious child exploitation website. ‘The Love Zone’ hosts thousands of members around the world creating, uploading, and sharing videos and photographic material of unimaginable acts against children.

This dark web network is infiltrated by an elite team of Australian investigators— Taskforce Argos. Argos use their global connections and controversial undercover strategies to take down hands-on abusers in order to save The Children in the Pictures. 

This 8 part series is a powerful examination into how child abuse has become endemic online, and what we can all do to fight it.

A new episode of The Children in The Pictures released every Thursday.

The Children in the Pictures LiSTNR

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    • 4.8 • 293 Ratings

The story you weren’t allowed to hear is finally out in the open. It’s a silent epidemic— and it’s coming for our kids.

Australian documentary-maker Akhim Dev follows the Queensland Police investigation of a notorious child exploitation website. ‘The Love Zone’ hosts thousands of members around the world creating, uploading, and sharing videos and photographic material of unimaginable acts against children.

This dark web network is infiltrated by an elite team of Australian investigators— Taskforce Argos. Argos use their global connections and controversial undercover strategies to take down hands-on abusers in order to save The Children in the Pictures. 

This 8 part series is a powerful examination into how child abuse has become endemic online, and what we can all do to fight it.

A new episode of The Children in The Pictures released every Thursday.

    01| Down the Rabbit Hole

    01| Down the Rabbit Hole

    After special court permission, we can finally share this all-access story of how some of Australia’s best detectives infiltrated a powerful global network of child abusers to find the children in the pictures.

    Australian documentary-maker and father of two Akhim Dev takes an unexpected tour of the dark web and discovers an epidemic hidden in plain sight: online child exploitation material. 

     

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    • 27 min
    02| Crimes Without Borders

    02| Crimes Without Borders

    Taskforce Argos has VIP access to one of the most restricted online child abuse boards on the dark net – The Love Zone. Police begin their hunt for the kingpin of the network: head administrator Skee. 

    Next episode of The Children in the Pictures coming November 10.
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    • 34 min
    03| The Anti-Social Network

    03| The Anti-Social Network

    Argos are closing in on The Love Zone’s head administrator Skee. Documentary maker Akhim Dev travels internationally to speak to experts who work directly with abusers, in order to find out why they’re so hard to stop. 

    Back in Queensland, Taskforce Argos try a new tactic in their search for Skee, with unexpected results. They’re going in…

    Next episode of The Children in the Pictures coming November 17.
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    • 34 min
    04| The Takeover

    04| The Takeover

    Police move in and confront Skee at his home. His real name is Shannon McCoole.

    Hear never-before-shared police footage of McCoole’s dramatic arrest and prison interviews that reveal the full extent of the power he wielded as head of The Love Zone. 

    McCoole’s arrest presents Argos with a rare opportunity to hunt down TLZ’s most depraved operators, one by one. 

    Next episode of The Children in the Pictures coming November 24.
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    • 33 min
    05| The Job of Being Evil

    05| The Job of Being Evil

    Impersonating the head of an online child abuse board is no easy task. But the Argos team see it as the only way they can find and save vulnerable children around the world. 

    Their next target leads them to Europe, while back in Australia, Shannon McCoole’s home town of Adelaide deals with the shockwaves of discovering the horrifying access this abuser had to kids in the community.  

    And Akhim Dev learns how children who are victim-survivors come back from their abuse, with strength and storytelling.

    Next episode of The Children in the Pictures coming December 1.
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    • 31 min
    06| The Glitch

    06| The Glitch

    A glitch on The Love Zone site puts Argos’ operation in jeopardy.

    The Love Zone’s most obsessive moderator is beginning to suspect the site has been infiltrated by law enforcement.

    Argos must act quickly to throw off the scent— triggering a global police operation that spans three continents . Then, the team sets its sights on one of the most prolific abusers ever encountered— for legal reasons, we call him K. 

    Next episode of The Children in the Pictures coming December 8.
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    • 31 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
293 Ratings

293 Ratings

LozLizW ,

Keep your kids close

Thank you for this informative podcast. It did make me feel so sick to listen to but as you said in ep 1, better to know and fight against it. As an early years and primary school teacher (and mother of 4) I learnt from own mum how to be vigilant and to always be aware (stranger danger years). I have lots of procedures in place to protect my own children and am always paying attention to my students and their families. I watch and listen to everything. I take my job to protect children very seriously. I know their are horrible people in society, as there are great people but as a community we need to do better at protecting children and cut off the source these MONSTERS feed off.

OzzieTrueCrimeFan ,

Eye opening

As a Dad, I listened to this and I thought of all the ways I have been unaware of the traps our kids can be lead into.. very well put together investigative journalism.
Glad you got the bastards !

Emma Gordo Sydney ,

Essential listening for all parents

So hard to listen to as a parent, but so eye opening. Brilliantly constructed. An absolute must for parents. We need to stay informed to protect our children. Total kudos to the creators and all involved in the project and the protection of kids all over the world.

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