EDITORIAL: I met an Australian pimp by the name of Craig Moore when in Los Angeles. He was recommended to us by our then porn agent, Kevin O’Neil, of Type 9 Models. He had a ‘half’ house for rent in the North Hills area and we needed a place to stay. We were told he was an indie producer who worked on reality shows. What we found, once we had lived there a few months, was that he was nothing more than a low level pimp who was using the guise of ‘reality show producer’ to recruit girls to his stable.
He regularly spoke to someone on Skype from Australia, saying it was his family. He brought young girls to the house, got them hooked on drugs (using the other girls to give the drugs to new girls) and then took them around to different states (Nevada and New York I know of for sure) to be pimped out to johns he set up. He told the girls they were going to try out for reality shows. In some cases, he took girls to clubs and made them pick up strange johns to make money. When the girls were done, he took all their money. They had to pay their way as well as his, of course. He was their ‘talent’ agent, after all!
When Australia finds a problem, they address it. We need attention at ALL borders today and it appears, we can no longer count on Scotland Yard or the US to do their part due to widespread corruption!
March 18, 2015 – 11:03AM – John Coyne
Analysis of Australia’s transnational organised crime groups will help to better understand their role in the global criminal environment.
This cocaine shipment was intercepted by Australian Customs and Border Protection and Australian federal Police.
What does wounding two German tourists, distributing extreme child exploitation material, beheading Syrian soldiers, and facilitating foreign fighters have in common? Australia. We’re becoming a global exporter of serious and organised crime.
We’re no longer solely victims of serious and organised crime; we are also perpetrators of such crimes. It’s time to accept that the ethnic stereotypes used to categorise organised crime groups now includes Australia, alongside the Italian mafia, Chinese triads and Japanese yakuza.
A series of Australian Crime Commission reports in recent years have highlighted that serious and organised criminals operating here have international links, particularly the movement of illicit goods into Australia.
But with Australians hurting children in our region, distributing child exploitation material, buying, selling and trafficking illicit drugs, defrauding public and private sector institutions, structuring financial arrangements to avoid tax, fighting in foreign conflicts, murdering foreign nationals, and corrupting foreign officials our organised criminals are now targeting other countries.
Our criminals are facilitating offences that directly impact the internal and border security of our regional neighbours and beyond.
In January 2013, two Australian expatriates, with links to Australian outlaw motorcycle gangs, were allegedly involved in the shooting of two German tourists in Patong, Thailand. The Germans were shot accidentally when the two Australians were attempting to shoot a Danish member of a local organised crime group.
In January last year, Mohammad Ali Baryalei, an Australian citizen residing in Turkey, was arrested for allegedly co-ordinating the travel of other Australians to participate in the Syrian conflict.
Last August, Khaled Sharrouf posted a photo on social media showing his seven-year-old son holding the decapitated head of a Syrian soldier.
Last month Peter Gerard Scully, an Australian citizen, was charged by Philippines national police as a result of a lengthy global investigation.
The police allege that Scully was involved in the abuse of several young Philippine children. Allegedly, Scully was the mastermind behind the production and global distribution of what’s been called the most extreme child exploitation material ever seized by law enforcement.
For many years immigration staff have worked behind the scenes preventing registered Australian sex offenders from travelling internationally through border turnarounds and cancelling passports.
More recently the department’s been stopping more than 400 travellers a day in an effort to prevent the travel of Australian jihadists.
It’s now time that these efforts to turn around criminals at the border are co-ordinated under a consistent national strategy.
We need an analysis of our transnational organised crime groups operating outside Australia to develop a greater understanding of the role they’re playing in the global criminal environment.
With this knowledge, our national organised crime response plan can be used to integrate border turnaround activity with other organised crime disruption efforts: border turnarounds and the cancellation of passports can be more strategically focused.
Rather than our law enforcement and border security agencies mainly co-operating offshore to prevent crime here, we must lift our efforts to co-operate with regional partners to disrupt Australians from committing crimes abroad.
Dr John Coyne is a senior analyst for the border security program at the Australian Strategic Policy Institute. Formerly, he worked for the Australian Federal Police on transnational organised crime, national security, and counterterrorism.