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Qld man charged with exploiting children

By AAP Newswire

A Brisbane man has been charged over the alleged sexual exploitation of children online and in the Philippines.

The case against John Joseph Power, 55, was mentioned in Brisbane Magistrates Court on Friday.

He has been charged with 44 offences, some relating to alleged sexual activity with children in the Philippines after communicating with them from Australia via social media, federal police say.

Five alleged victims of online child sexual exploitation in the Philippines were rescued in December after Australian officers provided information to authorities in the Philippines, according to an AFP statement.

Police say their investigation started after Power was charged by Australian Border Force officers with importing child exploitation material.

Power is on bail and expected to appear again on April 24.