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Call for royal commission into paedophile claims

Child abuse prevention campaigners claim a paedophile ring involving police and former politicians has been operating in Victoria since 1970.

Dr Reina Michaelson from the Child Sexual Abuse Prevention Program, claims victims have provided evidence that police have covered up, participated in and gained financially from child pornography and prostitution.

Dr Michaelson says the victims fear for their lives and do not trust police, but would give evidence to a royal commission.

"The children involved in being used as child prostitutes and in child pornography ranged in age from two years of age until teenagers," he said.

"There's been intimidation of our witnesses recently."

Parents Victoria has joined the group in calling for a Royal Commission to investigate the claims.

Victorian Police Commissioner of Crime Simon Overland says police need more information on the allegations.

"If someone makes an allegation we need to know where has that information come from," he said.

"If you're not the victim or the source yourself - who's told you, when have they told you, and that's the sort of detail we need to get to."

And Commissioner Overland says the allegations are unsubstantiated and a royal commission would not result in prosecutions.

"Trust is an issue but as I say, if they want prosecutions and investigations, they have to deal with Victoria Police," he said.




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