#AceNewsReport – July.30: The Australian Federal Police investigation began late last week, as a result of information provided by Facebook to the USA-based National Centre for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC) about a user of an Australian Internet Protocol (IP) address allegedly sharing child abuse material online….
#AceDailyNews reports on the AFP Police Investgation after data was gathered from Facebook & U.S.NCEMC information on a Sydney man who has now been charged with sharing child abuse material online after the initial tip-off was passed to the Australian Centre to Counter Child Exploitation (ACCCE) on 22 July and soon after, the AFP commenced planning for an operation to target the alleged offender.
Members of the AFP’s Eastern Command Child Protection Operations team executed a search warrant in Mt Druitt yesterday (27 July 2021), where a 52-year-old man was living.
Investigators seized a number of electronic devices, which will be subject to further forensic examination.
It will be alleged in court that the man shared child abuse material through social media.
He was charged with using a carriage service for child abuse material – aggravated offence involving conduct on 3 or more occasions and 2 or more people, contrary to section 474.24A of the Criminal Code 1995(Cth).
The maximum penalty for this offence is 30 years’ imprisonment.
AFP Detective Acting Sergeant Amanda Thompson said sharing child abuse material online fuels the demand for horrific acts to be committed against children.
“Our officers are passionate about protecting children from being re-victimised and experiencing further harm. Our commitment is unwavering – even in the midst of lockdowns the Sydney region is facing, we are still working each day to protect children,” Detective Acting Sergeant said.
The ACCCE is at the centre of a collaborative national approach to combatting organised child abuse.
The Centre brings together specialist expertise and skills in a central hub, supporting investigations into child sexual abuse and developing prevention strategies focused on creating a safer online environment.
If you or someone you know are impacted by child sexual abuse and online exploitation there are support services available.
Advice and support for parents and carers about how they can help protection children online can be found at ThinkUKnow, an AFP-led education program designed to prevent online child sexual exploitation.
NB: Notes & Warning To Readers:
Use of term ‘CHILD ABUSE’ MATERIAL NOT ‘CHILD PORNOGRAPHY’
The correct legal term is Child Abuse Material – the move to this wording was among amendments to Commonwealth legislation in 2019 to more accurately reflect the gravity of the crimes and the harm inflicted on victims.
Use of the phrase “child pornography” is inaccurate and benefits child sex abusers because it:
- indicates legitimacy and compliance on the part of the victim and therefore legality on the part of the abuser; and
- conjures images of children posing in ‘provocative’ positions, rather than suffering horrific abuse.
Every photograph or video captures an actual situation where a child has been abused.
#AceNewsDesk report ………Published: July.30: 2021:
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