'Exploitative' Australian website featuring schoolgirls shut down by authorities

The website was shut down after The Office of the Children's eSafety Commissioner made contact with its registrar regarding an image of an underage girl. Photo / File
The website was shut down after The Office of the Children's eSafety Commissioner made contact with its registrar regarding an image of an underage girl. Photo / File

Authorities have shut down an "exploitative" website that encouraged boys to upload naked pictures of Aussie schoolgirls.

Minister for Women Michaelia Cash has congratulated authorities for taking action after it was revealed students at about 70 schools across the country were targeted.

"Like many Australians, I found the existence of this website completely abhorrent," Senator Cash said in a statement, labelling the site "exploitative" and "appalling".

She promised the government would address the "growing problem of 'revenge porn' being used as a way to harass" women through a national online complaints system, with the help of state governments.

The website was shut down after The Office of the Children's eSafety Commissioner made contact with its registrar regarding an image of an underage girl.

"While we have not received a formal reply, we are aware the website with intimate images of Australian girls has now been removed," the authority said in a statement.

"The Office continues to work with law enforcement and monitor the issue."

The Australian Federal Police said it was working closely with state and international police forces to determine whether further action can be taken over the site.

"The AFP welcomes the recent removal of this website. Wherever material such as this is identified, the AFP will continue to work closely with its domestic and international partners to determine appropriate courses of action," the AFP said in a statement.

- AAP

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