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

debbie jonathanAFP Assistant Commissioner Debbie Platz and Tasmania Police Assistant Commissioner Jonathan Higgins.

The AFP and Tasmanian Police on Monday signed a memorandum of understanding as part of the anti-child exploitation taskforce.

AFP Assistant Commissioner Debbie Platz said the body received more than 18,000 reports of child exploitation last year.

"Sadly Australians do have an ever increasing appetite to view this type of material," she said.

"In September this year alone, the AFP and the Australian Centre for Child Exploitation received over 1600 reports relating to child abuse material.

"Even more disturbing for us is that these images are now containing much younger children (and) that the violence perpetrated against them is more horrific and more traumatic.

"It is not uncommon for us to see babies and toddlers in these images."

Assistant Commissioner Platz said work by the Tasmania's AFP contingent last year resulted in 17 people being charged in relation to child sexual abuse.

"Those 17 people were responsible for over 100 charges which ranged from procuring children to commit sexual assaults and possession of child exploitation material to travelling overseas to have sex with children," she said.

Assistant Commissioner Platz said the taskforce enabled faster sharing of information between international, national and state partners.

Tasmania Police Assistant Commissioner Jonathan Higgins said the agreement gave Tasmania Police further reach nationally and internationally to combat child sexual abuse.

"What it also does is enhances our ability to train our own staff involved in this space so we can provide better outcomes to the Tasmanian community to keep our children safe," he said.

Article from: https://www.theadvocate.com.au/story/6474053/tasmania-police-part-of-new-child-exploitation-taskforce/