Bringing Light to the Darkness of Human Trafficking (Trafficking in Persons)

  • Melbourne teenager arrested on Wednesday at address in the suburb Lalor
  • Followed an investigation by the Victorian Joint Anti-Child Exploitation Team
  • Woman, 18, charged with transmitting child pornography and other offences 
  • Police said the charges carried a maximum penalty of 20 years behind bars

Police were forced to rescue a baby before charging an 18-year-old with child sexual abuse and pornography offences.    

The woman, from Lalor in Melbourne's north, was arrested by police and charged with using a carriage service to produce and transmit child pornography, and the sexual touching of a child under 16 and sexual penetration of a child under 12.   

The dramatic arrest followed a tip-off from authorities working for the National Crime Authority in the United Kingdom.

The teenager faces a maximum penalty of 20 years behind bars, while the infant was found safe at another premises in Victoria.

Jayne Crossling, the Australian Federal Police Detective Superintendent, dished out high praise to a handful of investigators who worked on the case from the Victorian Joint Anti-Child Exploitation Team (JACET).

'I want to praise the commitment and collaborative effort of the Victorian JACET members who had to deal with this material, and then carry out complex searches and inquiries to identify and locate this woman and infant,' she said.

'Investigators regularly have to deal with the most abhorrent aspects of society, and I can't praise them more highly for what they do in matters such as this.

'In doing so, they significantly alter a child's life by removing them from an extremely harmful and distressing situation.'  

Anyone who has information about people involved in online child sexual exploitation should call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.

 

Article from: https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-6833895/Woman-18-charged-child-sex-abuse-producing-child-pornography.html