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"If you think your children are a target of any of this activity, you can report it on line to the Australian Centre to Counter Child Exploitation or Crime Stoppers."

Katie Woolf spoke with NT Police Detective Sergeant Paul Lawson.

When asked what parents should do if they are concerned, Paul Lawson explained, "If you think your children are a target of any of this activity, you can report it on line to the Australian Centre to Counter Child Exploitation or Crime Stoppers."

Operation May – Online Predators Revealed – Northern Territory and Queensland

Between January and March 2021, the Joint Anti-Child Exploitation Team (JACET) comprising Northern Territory and Australian Federal Police together with investigators from Queensland JACET and the Australian Centre To Counter Child Exploitation (ACCCE), executed Operation May - an operation targeting online predators attempting to procure children through internet chat lines.

During the operation investigators executed 19 search warrants, locations including Darwin, Mataranka, Tennant Creek, Alice Springs, MacDonnell Region and Victorian Daly Region in the Northern Territory, as well as a number of locations around Queensland. Northern Territory Police also successfully extradited a 52-year-old male from Western Australia.

Fifteen persons ranging between the ages of 21 and 52 were arrested during the operation for a total of 45 charges, offences include:

  • Using the internet to procure a child (Section 228D QLD Criminal Code)
  • Transmit indecent communication to U/16 (Cwth)
  • Use carriage service child pornography (Cwth)
  • Use carriage service to procure a child U/16 (Cwth)
  • Failing to comply with reporting obligations
  • Indecent dealing with a child under 10

The AFP-led ACCCE 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.

You can also make a report online by alerting the Australian Centre to Counter Child Exploitation via the Report Abuse button at www.accce.gov.au/report.

Members of the public who have any information about people involved in child abuse and exploitation are urged to call Crime stoppers on 1800 333 000.

Listen to the cull chat here:

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